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

France has vanished. Disappeared. Disparu.

The wreckage of the the MD-83 aircraft was located by a column of French troops in Mali

Missing Air Algerie flight found in the Sahara desert with no survivors

The wreckage of the the MD-83 aircraft was located by a column of French  troops in northern Mali yesterday

Postcard from... Paris

The most misguidingly named building in Paris is closing for renovations. Its residents, which have included the terrorist Carlos the Jackal, will weep few tears.

Burning detritus are seen along the tramway line in Sarcelles, a suburb north of Paris, on July 20, 2014, after clashes following a demonstration denouncing Israel's military campaign in Gaza

Israel-Gaza conflict: Fears that violence could transfer to French streets after night of protests

Riot police held back a mob of youths who tried to attack two synagogues in the town of Sarcelles

Israel-Gaza conflict: Tear gas fired at pro-Palestinians demonstrators in Paris

Banned protest march turned violent as London protests get underway

Two Labradors and a Chihuahua belonging to Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy wreaked havoc in the Élysée Palace

When the Elysée Palace really started to go to the dogs: Startling new allegations that Nicolas Sarkozy's pets caused tens of thousands of euros worth of damage

The culprits are said to be Toumi, a Chihuahua, and Clara and Dumbledore, a pair of Labradors

Sarkozy indignantly defended his “honour” earlier this month

Sarkozy v Trierweiler: Twitter spat of the teenage sons sparks calls for the 'grown-ups' to step in

The two boys began to exchange insulting tweets earlier this month

Postcard from... Paris

To tu or not to tu, that is the question. Some years ago I addressed my son’s 12-year-old schoolmate with a formal “vous” rather than informal “tu”. “Thanks dad, now she thinks you are a cretin,” he said. To French ears, it was as if I had called her “Miss Smith”.

Anne-Sophie Leclère (right), a senior Front National municipal candidate in northern France, posted adjacent images on Facebook of a female chimpanzee and the justice minister, Christiane Taubira (left)

Former Front National candidate jailed for calling black minister a chimpanzee

In the severest sentence of its kind ever handed down in France, a former far-right local politician has been sentenced to nine months in prison for comparing a black cabinet minister to a chimpanzee.

Veterans parade in Lyon on the eve of 14 July celebrations, which have been marred by a row over foreign delegates

Bastille Day: Anger over Algerian presence at celebrations in Paris

The French far right and some army veterans object to the presence of the Algerians among 80 national delegations invited to represent the Allies who fought with France in the First World War

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