Anne Penketh

Anne Penketh is a freelance journalist and columnist based in Paris. She was posted to Moscow, Paris and New York for AFP news agency before joining The Independent, where she was Diplomatic Editor until 2009.

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Postcard from... Paris

When Emmanuelle and Rachid Guedidi joined the TV reality show Bienvenue chez nous (welcome to our home) the couple thought they might get some free publicity for their bed and breakfast in the Dordogne.

Police secure the scene from where gunman Mohamed Merah stole the scooter

Toulouse drugs war: Two die in two days as violence escalates

Police say 'We’re clearly into score settling'

Mint condition: The Mint and Your Name in Lights

Historic Paris Mint reinvents itself as a tourist spot

The centuries-old building beside the river Seine will keep one eye on the city's artistic heritage
Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the ceremony

The other D-Day: France commemorates ‘forgotten invasion’

Hollande pays tribute to Allied fighters in the lesser-known invasion of Provence in 1944

First ladies, from left to right: Danielle Mitterrand, Cecilia Attias, Bernadette Chirac, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Valerie Trierweiler

New book reveals why being First Lady of France is a miserable existence

'Premières Dames' claims presidents’ wives live like prisoners in Elysée Palace

Postcard from... Marciac

Virginie Cordélis is not your average cleaner. She’s a spiritual cleanser and is visiting a remote water mill in southwestern France where she is evicting troubled souls. She’s also measuring the energy levels in the old house - and its current owners.

The woman wanted to enjoy the evening on the sea on an old paddle board

‘Miraculous escape’ for French paddle boarder rescued after 40 hours at sea

Woman saved by fishing boat after being swept out into English Channel by strong winds

Francois Hollande’s approval rating is just 16 per cent

Little for François Hollande to celebrate as the French President reaches his 60th birthday

Premier keeps his anniversary quiet in effort to avoid torrent of negative headlines

Julien Bocher, founder of Radio Doudou

Frenchman goes radio ga ga with station for babies

With no breaking news and no adverts, Radio Doudou is not limited to nursery rhymes - it also aims to hook parents

Postcard from... Paris

In the midst of the tourist season, which has seen lovers flocking to Paris bridges to affix a padlock declaring undying love, city authorities have taken a brave decision.

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