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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Anne Penketh shops for fruit near her home in Paris

Sugar levels in what we eat and drink: Why the tide may finally be turning against Big Food

Anne Penketh was so shocked to discover the level of added sugars even in 'healthy' products that she wrote a novel about the industry.

Stéphane Charbonnier pictured in his office last October

Stéphane Charbonnier: Cartoonist and editor of Charlie Hebdo whose encapsulated the magazine’s confrontational brand of satire

He took to drawing as a teenager and did illustrations at school before submitting work to the local paper

Postcard from... Carnoët

On a barren hilltop in the heart of Brittany, 50 huge granite statues with primitive features dominate the landscape in a project which has become known as the Valley of the Saints. The six latest, installed last month, each weighed 15 tons.

The best known fragrances containing oakmoss include the orginal versions of Chanel No 5 and Miss Dior

Will a ban on oakmoss kill the French perfume industry?

Plans to ban the use of oakmoss, an essential ingredient of elite perfumes, has thrown the world of fragrance into disarray. Anne Penketh reports

Postcard from... Paris

An online campaign against sexism could be an uphill struggle in France. This is a country where nobody bats an eyelid at bus stops plastered with women parading their cleavages in bra adverts.

The vineyards of western France, including the Bordeaux region, are more susceptible to the fungi

Bumper French wine grape harvest clouded by threat of wood decay

Disease which rots vines now affects 12 per cent of vineyards and is spreading fast

Postcard from... Paris

French singer Jacques Higelin, “godfather” of the annual wine festival in Montmartre, urged the crowd to enjoy themselves.

Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Nord-Pas-de-Calais: The grim corner of Europe finding a new meaning in art and culture

The unlovely and unloved region is reinventing itself as a new cultural hotspot

Up to 2.5 million French people now live abroad

French say au revoir to France: Over two million French people now live abroad, and most are crossing the channel and heading to London

Opposition convinced people are leaving because of 'the impression that it’s impossible to succeed'

The fossils and human occupation at the prehistoric site in Tourville date from 236,000BC to 183,000BC

Archaeologists unearth remains of oldest Norman ever found which ‘fills gap in our knowledge of pre-Neanderthal evolution’

The arm bones, dating from 200,000 years ago, are 'the only known example from northern Europe'

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