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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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

Nadine Morano says French culture must be respected

It’s a French woman’s duty to wear a bikini, says ex-minister

Islamophobia row as Sarkozy supporter hits out at Muslim on beach in headscarf

Cedric Naudon, the developer behind the ‘Jeune Rue’ project in the Haut Marais, has faced opposition to plans for a ‘foodie’ neighbourhood

Has the Parisian epicurean bitten off more than he can chew?

His name is ‘Monsieur Jacob’ and his plan was to transform one of the city’s more rundown areas into a foodie heaven. A shame it’s not done yet

The grave in Saint Symphorien cemetery of Private John Parr, the first British soldier to be killed in action on the Western Front

First World War Centenary: Could this be the most moving ceremony of all?

Both German and British dead lie in the Saint Symphorien cemetery in southern Belgium

Inside the brothels that served the Western Front: How one First World War soldier found love in the arms of a French sweetheart

Theirs was an impossible relationship – the Welsh officer and his young French sweetheart. Yet when Lieutenant William Morgan's granddaughter discovered a biscuit tin of photographs from the Great War, it wasn’t the shots of their affair that shocked...
European ties: In his 11 years as foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey, left, helped forge the links that led to war

A foreign secretary's pyrotechnic display of mixed signals that sentenced 800,000 British soldiers and sailors to death

Historians are split over what Sir Edward Grey thought he was doing in early 1914. In any event, it was fatal
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