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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Francois Lambert, the nephew of Vincent Lambert, addressing the media in February. His uncle, 38, has been in a coma and on artificial life support since a road accident in 2008

Life or death? France split on passive euthanasia ruling for vegetative fireman Vincent Lambert

In the midst of an anguished national debate on the frontier between compassion and murder, 17 French judges face a life or death decision tomorrow.

The FN’s Marine Le Pen could be left re-faced

Marine Le Pen faces last-minute scramble to secure anti-EU partnership

Marine Le Pen triumphed in the European elections in France, but may be the loser in a scramble to form anti-EU groups in the EU assembly.

Postcard from... Paris

What a monstrous place. If you want to know why the French had a revolution, go to the Palace of Versailles.

There is no evidence that Nicolas Sarkozy was aware that gross overspending by his campaign team

Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign staff concealed €17m of illegal overspending with 'fake bills'

Former President tries to turn scandal to his advantage, but opponents say it is inconceivable he was not aware

Lucky to survive: Constant updates on Michael Schumacher’s condition over-rode most other news

Michael Schumacher: F1 driver unlikely to make full recovery despite coming out of coma say medical experts

The retired racing driver has woken up from his coma

Nicolas Bonnemaison (centre) leaving the Pau courthouse with his wife Julie on the first day of his trial

Hero or villain? ‘Poison doctor’ trial reopens French debate on euthanasia

Dr Nicolas Bonnemaison is accused of poisoning seven patients who were hours from death in order to spare them intense suffering

Mr Le Pen has accused his daughter of making the Front National too conventional

Sparks fly between Jean-Marie Le Pen and his 'moderate' daughter Marine after 'oven' comment

France was spellbound on Monday by a spectacular public row between the Front National (FN) leader Marine Le Pen and her father, Jean-Marie, the party’s founder, over apparent anti-Semitism.

A photo taken on June 9, 2014 shows 'love padlocks' attached to a fence of the Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine river in Paris

Part of Paris bridge collapses under weight of 'love locks' left by tourists

A section of the metal mesh on the Pont des Arts footbridge over the Seine in Paris collapsed last night under the weight of the thousands of "love-locks"

French ‘poilus’ at Chemin des Dames, where the bloody Nivelle Offensive of 1917 pushed many into mutiny

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Nivelle offensive - when the lambs refused to march to the slaughter

The catastrophic Nivelle offensive saw 40,000 Frenchmen killed in three days. Shortly afterwards, the war’s most significant mutinies began
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh , Prime Minister manuel valls, Queen Elizabeth ll, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the Bayeux Cemetary during D-Day 70 Commemorations

D-Day 70th anniversary: Queen leads British commemoration

Over 300 British veterans of the battle of Normandy – one in four of those still alive – joined the Queen in a war cemetery in Bayeux today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes