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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Members of the public stop to look at the ceramic poppies which form part of the art installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins

Remembrance: A sea of poppies, a river of people, an irresistible urge to remember

Millions of Britons will pay their respects this weekend to those who died in the First World War

Postcard from... Istanbul

The voyage from Istanbul to the Princes Islands in the Sea of Marmara might be the best value cruise in the world. 

A demonstrator dressed as an angel faces French riot police officers during a rally in Marseille. People gathered to pay tribute to Rémi Fraisse, a 21-year-old demonstrator found dead after a rally against the Sivens dam

Paris rioters clash with police for a second day over protester’s death

Rémi Fraisse was demonstrating against building of dam in an unspoiled valley

Postcard from... Normandy

After 18 years, we have moved home. We have not moved very far - perhaps 600 metres. Many of the important things in life – favourite restaurants, metro station, bread shop - remain the same.

Chemists announce that they are going on strike today ‘to protect people’s health’

France strikes: If it’s Tuesday, then it must be the chemist shops

France is a country that clamours for 'change' but detests changes. Chemists, lawyers, pilots and plumbers are all determined to resist it

French actress Brigitte Bardot smokes a cigarette - scenes like this could soon be a thing of the past

France announces world’s toughest anti-smoking laws

Tobacco lobby prepares to fight move to abolish cigarettes over four decades

Postcard from... Normandy

Our nearest small town in Normandy is a quiet sort of place which has never fully recovered from being bombed by the RAF in June 1944 and set alight by the SS two  months later.

Iraq received word of a plot by Isis to attack the Paris Metro system and the New York subway

Iraq warns of Isis plots to hit Paris Metro and New York subway

France ready to launch air strikes into Syria

The French government still owns a 16 per cent stake in Air France, one of the world’s largest airlines

Pressure increases on Air France to end pilots’ strike

Ten-day walkout over plans for no-frills subsidiary threatens very existence of national airline

An image grab taken from a video released by Jund al-Khilifa group via YouTube on September 22, 2014

Hervé Gourdel: Algerian extremists 'behead' French hostage over air strikes in Iraq

Mr Gourdel was abducted on Sunday

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea