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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DSK and Mr Hollande in 2005; the future President asked for guidance on economic policy

Francois Hollande secretly sought DSK's advice in run-up to 2012 French elections

The revelation comes at an embarrassing time for President Hollande, as Dominique Strauss-Kahn takes the stand in his 'pimping' trial in Lille

Nicolas Sarkozy’s attempt to come back as head of the UMP and challenge for the presidency in 2017 had a serious setback as his party was knocked out of the first round of the by-election

French far-right's growth stalls as Francois Hollande's Socialists cling on in Doubs by-election

François Hollande’s Socialists narrowly cling on to power in regional by-election indicating national voter intentions as Marine le Pen grabs 48 per cent of vote and Sarkozy’s UMP is sidelined

Postcard from... Paris

French cinema is claiming one of its greatest ever global box-office successes – Paddington Bear.

Soldiers stand guard following Tuesday's attack in Nice

Military patrols continue in France amid 'imminent' terror threat

Three soldiers were stabbed in Nice on Tuesday

The French comedian said that the decision to call himself Charlie Coulibaly had been taken out of context

Dieudonné trial: French comedian claims 'I am being persecuted' as he appears in court for third time in a week

The 48-year-old, on trial for apologising for terror, says he is martyr to freedom of speech

Moussa Coulibaly: Three French anti-terror soldiers stabbed on patrol outside Jewish radio station in Nice

Attacker has the same surname as one of the Paris attackers

Sophie Montel, French far-right National Front candidate, looks at a ballot box as she arrives at a polling station for the first round of a by-election in the 4th constituency of the Doubs

Doubs by-election: Far right tops poll in litmus test of French opinion after Charlie Hebdo attacks

The candidate for former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre right party was knocked out in the first round

Dominque Strauss-Kahn (back, centre) arriving for the start of a trial; he is accused of organising sex parties with prostitutes

'Orgies sans frontières': Strauss-Kahn appears in court on pimping charge

Lawyers claim allegations result from illegal tapping of DSK’s phone

Strauss-Kahn has been accused of 'a material act of pimping'

Strauss-Kahn's sex life in spotlight again as trial for 'pimping' reaches court

Lille trial will damage former IMF chief’s comeback hopes

France's education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said the boy’s school had reacted “entirely correctly”

Charlie Hebdo attack: War of ideas hots up as French police quiz eight-year-old

Boy claims: “I am not Charlie. I am with the terrorists”

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Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
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Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
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Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
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How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
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But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Caves were re-opened to the public
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Vince Cable interview

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat