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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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

A French Rafale jet fighter over Iraq yesterday

France supports US with first air strikes on Isis depot in Iraq

Two Rafale fighter-bombers, accompanied by two support aircraft, attacked an Isis ammunition depot near Mosul

He's back: Nicolas Sarkozy promises return to French politics

Former president will announce his return this weekend

François Hollande at yesterday’s address

François Hollande’s popularity at rock bottom, but he has no intention of quitting

François Hollande insists he will plough on to the end of his presidential term, despite his abysmal levels of popularity.

French television companies and film-makers are concerned that Netflix will be able to escape rules on minimum French-language content by basing its European operations in the Netherlands

Netflix arrives in France – but gets poor reception

‘Television of the future’ up against one of the world’s most heavily regulated media markets

Islamic State: International pledge to use any means necessary to defeat Isis ‘throat-slitters’

Twenty-six nations, including Russia, China and 10 Arab states, pledged yesterday to fight the terrorist group Isis “by any means necessary”.

The meeting, called by President François Hollande, will consider strategy and allot roles, ranging from air-strikes to humanitarian aid

Islamic State: Countries meet in Paris to discuss anti-Isis global strategy

Iran has not been invited and has dismissed the Paris meeting as a 'show conference'

It’s now 1245, and the walls of Guédelon are rising

In Burgundy, John Lichfield watches the first truly medieval castle in 500 years take shape

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee