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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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.

The Eiffel tower and Paris roofs glimpsed through a haze of pollution

Paris bans half of all cars over air pollution fears

Level of 'pollution alert' likely to be exceeded tomorrow and Tuesday

Pascal Simbikangwa jailed in Paris: Rwandan genocide conviction could pave the way for more French trials

Pascal Simbikangwa was sentenced to 25 years in prison for organising and ordering the massacre of up to 80,000 Tutsis almost 20 years ago

A picture taken on 14 March 2014 shows the Eiffel tower in central Paris through a haze of pollution. More than 30 departments in France have been hit by maximum level pollution alerts

A warning to all Parisians: Breathing can damage your health – and could possibly kill you

A mixture of good weather and stubbornly bad public policy leaves French capital in grip of worst atmospheric pollution for seven years - with public transport running for free

Nicolas Sarkozy’s political career could be over, if accusations against him stick

Sarkoscandals: A guide to the former French President’s alleged crimes

Phone-tapping by judges has led to serious charges against Nicolas Sarkozy - and much shouting

François Hollande delivering a speech at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday

From gangsta rap to French presidential politics: The colourful career of Mr Evil - François Hollande's new speechwriter

President François Hollande has a new speech writer - whose pen name is “Mr Evil”.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

'Sarkogate': Friends of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy cry 'betrayal' at revelations that his former adviser secretly recorded their conversations

Friends of Nicolas Sarkozy cried “betrayal” and even “rape” todday when it emerged that meetings and conversations with the former French president had been systematically covertly recorded while in office by one of his closest and most controversial advisers.

French UMP opposition right-wing party President Jean-Francois Cope has claimed that he is the victim of a

French opposition leader Jean-François Copé hits back at corruption allegations

The leader of the main French opposition party, Jean-François Copé, has hit back at accusations that he allowed a business run by friends to cheat the party by overcharging for election events.

An artist's impression of the motorcyclist seen close to the murder scene

Al-Hilli massacre: Former police officer questioned over Alps killings is cleared

A former policeman questioned for three days about the Al-Hilli massacre in the French Alps was provisionally cleared by investigators today – leaving the quadruple murders as profound a mystery as ever.

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice