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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Poor FrançoisHollande can get nothing right. Even the cuisine at the Elysée Palace, which is supposed to showcase French “savoir faire” et “joie de vivre”, has been described as “disgusting” by one of his own ministers.

The National Front president Marine Le Pen and David Rachline, the party’s candidate for tomorrow’s mayoral elections in Fréjus, at a campaign meeting earlier this month

A far-right revolution as regional France opens its doors to a reconstructed National Front

The party set to take half a dozen towns in Sunday’s elections. John Lichfield reports from one - the pretty, hilltop Fréjus

Manuel Valls, left, is believe to be Francois Hollande’s favoured choice to replace the prime minister

Distraught left-wingers tell reeling President François Hollande to dismiss Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, as 'blood sacrifice' after calamitous municipal elections

With Mr Hollande’s approval rating in the low twenties and unemployment frozen at around 10 per cent, left-wing losses were inevitable

France's far right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, speaks to the media outside the party headquarters in Nanterre, west of Paris

'Thunderclap' in French politics as National Front looks set to capture half a dozen town halls

The far right National Front could redraw the French political map by capturing five or six town halls in the second round of local elections this weekend.

A Socialist party candidate, Anne Hidalgo, was last night leading the race to become the next mayor of Paris

Hollande punished as National Front makes sweeping gains in French local elections

Embattled President’s Socialist party suffers big losses, with mayoral race in Paris offering only respite

Shifting stand: David Cameron seems to have accepted there will be no further expansion of Britain’s pick'n’mix deal

The Europe they hate no longer exists

The EU has quietly become pragmatic and flexible, so British demands for major reform are at odds with the prevailing mood

Mr Sarkozy wrote a passionate and vituperative two page article in the newspaper Le Figaro accusing the Socialist government of acting like a “dictatorship” and trampling “human rights”.

Sarkozy accuses France of ‘acting like Stasi’ after bugged

The article follows revelations in the French media that independent judges had tapped several of his telephones

Ten employees of Orange,  the French telecoms giant, have committed suicide in  the space of seven weeks

Mobile giant Orange hit by ‘suicide epidemic’ as 10 employees take their own lives in seven weeks

Union leaders call on the company to reconsider plans to slash its workforce by almost a third in the next six years

Jérôme Kerviel is walking from Rome to Paris to ‘protest against the tyranny of financial markets’

Ultimate rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel will go to jail for three years, but may have less to pay as new trial ordered to reassess £4bn penalty for damages

The former Société Générale trader has always claimed that the French bank tacitly approved his risky trades

Police stop a driver with an even-numbered car in Paris yesterday

An odd day in Paris: French capital bans even-numbered vehicles for one day to reduce air pollution

Monday was an odd day in Paris: officially “odd” but also oddly peaceful and oddly law-abiding.

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