John Lichfield

John Lichfield has been The Independent's man in Paris since 1997, covering French news. Before that, he was the paper's Foreign Editor and he has also worked in Brussels and Washington.

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Postcard from... Paris

Paris is miserable in the rain. Water cascades from balconies. Streets turn into torrents. Motorists seem to take delight in splashing pedestrians.

Not your typical French Socialist, Emmanuel Macron has been a Rothschild banker and an aide at the Élysée Palace

France's new Minister of the Economy Emmanuel Macron described by left-wingers as a 'copy-and-paste Tony Blair'

The Socialist Party has branded President Hollande’s new minister with its worst insult

Christine Lagarde leaving the French Republic Justice Court (CJR) in Paris, on Tuesday night

IMF chief Christine Lagarde formally accused of negligence by French fraud investigators

The IMF chief Christine Lagarde has vowed to fight a formal accusation that she “acted negligently” and permitted an alleged €400m fraud when she was French finance minister in 2008.

François Hollande and his new government will be trying to reinvent a French left and centre-left

French government reshuffle: President Hollande ejects opponents of economic reforms in new ‘clarified’ cabinet

Vocal opponents of austerity have been purged, but will this be the last throw of the dice for the least popular administration since 1958?

New prime minister Manuel Valls is struggling to contain in-fighting

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls resigns – and takes entire government with him over austerity row with economy minister Arnaud Montebourg

The dramatic resignation of Mr Valls was an attempt to re-assert the authority of the Prime Minister and President

President François Hollande, left, and the Prime Minister Manuel Valls; both are suffering from low popularity ratings – 17 and 36 per cent respectively

French ministers demand Hollande abandon austerity and condemn Angela Merkel's 'right-wing dogma'

Condemnation of Angela Merkel’s domination of eurozone economic policy and ‘forced march’ of spending cuts could be designed to increase Hollande’s bargaining power in Brussels

After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right? John Lichfield discovers an undercurrent of dissent in historic Normandy

Postcard from... Paris

Parisian waiters and waitresses are commonly held to be the rudest in the world. But what about the behaviour of their foreign customers?

Alain Juppé is promoting himself as the man to check the rise of the Front National

Alain Juppé puts name into frame for French presidency

Former PM's move seen as an attempt to stop the possible return of Nicolas Sarkozy to frontline politics

Barry died after getting stuck in an underwater gallery

Investigation launched after manatee drowns at Paris zoo

The animal, known as 'Barry', became stuck in a service shaft in its pool

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