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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Nicolas Sarkozy’s attempt to come back as head of the UMP and challenge for the presidency in 2017 had a serious setback as his party was knocked out of the first round of the by-election

French far-right's growth stalls as Francois Hollande's Socialists cling on in Doubs by-election

François Hollande’s Socialists narrowly cling on to power in regional by-election indicating national voter intentions as Marine le Pen grabs 48 per cent of vote and Sarkozy’s UMP is sidelined

Postcard from... Paris

French cinema is claiming one of its greatest ever global box-office successes – Paddington Bear.

Soldiers stand guard following Tuesday's attack in Nice

Military patrols continue in France amid 'imminent' terror threat

Three soldiers were stabbed in Nice on Tuesday

The French comedian said that the decision to call himself Charlie Coulibaly had been taken out of context

Dieudonné trial: French comedian claims 'I am being persecuted' as he appears in court for third time in a week

The 48-year-old, on trial for apologising for terror, says he is martyr to freedom of speech

Moussa Coulibaly: Three French anti-terror soldiers stabbed on patrol outside Jewish radio station in Nice

Attacker has the same surname as one of the Paris attackers

Sophie Montel, French far-right National Front candidate, looks at a ballot box as she arrives at a polling station for the first round of a by-election in the 4th constituency of the Doubs

Doubs by-election: Far right tops poll in litmus test of French opinion after Charlie Hebdo attacks

The candidate for former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre right party was knocked out in the first round

Dominque Strauss-Kahn (back, centre) arriving for the start of a trial; he is accused of organising sex parties with prostitutes

'Orgies sans frontières': Strauss-Kahn appears in court on pimping charge

Lawyers claim allegations result from illegal tapping of DSK’s phone

Strauss-Kahn has been accused of 'a material act of pimping'

Strauss-Kahn's sex life in spotlight again as trial for 'pimping' reaches court

Lille trial will damage former IMF chief’s comeback hopes

France's education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said the boy’s school had reacted “entirely correctly”

Charlie Hebdo attack: War of ideas hots up as French police quiz eight-year-old

Boy claims: “I am not Charlie. I am with the terrorists”

Dieudonné arrives at court in Paris

Dieudonné trial: French comedian facing charges of inciting racial hatred for claiming Jewish radio presenter 'reminds me of the gas chambers'

He also faces a more serious charge of 'apology for terrorism', which could carry a prison sentence of up to seven years

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It's oh so quiet!

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From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
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From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

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This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
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Songs from the bell jar

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How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

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...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
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End of the Aussie brain drain

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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine