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.
Stéphane Charbonnier: Cartoonist and editor of Charlie Hebdo whose encapsulated the magazine’s confrontational brand of satire
09 January 2015 12:00 AM
He took to drawing as a teenager and did illustrations at school before submitting work to the local paper
27 November 2014 12:00 AM
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.
18 November 2014 07:24 PM
Plans to ban the use of oakmoss, an essential ingredient of elite perfumes, has thrown the world of fragrance into disarray. Anne Penketh reports
17 October 2014 12:00 AM
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.
14 October 2014 05:56 PM
Disease which rots vines now affects 12 per cent of vineyards and is spreading fast
13 October 2014 12:00 AM
French singer Jacques Higelin, “godfather” of the annual wine festival in Montmartre, urged the crowd to enjoy themselves.
12 October 2014 07:59 PM
The unlovely and unloved region is reinventing itself as a new cultural hotspot
French say au revoir to France: Over two million French people now live abroad, and most are crossing the channel and heading to London
10 October 2014 05:43 PM
Opposition convinced people are leaving because of 'the impression that it’s impossible to succeed'
Archaeologists unearth remains of oldest Norman ever found which ‘fills gap in our knowledge of pre-Neanderthal evolution’
09 October 2014 06:26 PM
The arm bones, dating from 200,000 years ago, are 'the only known example from northern Europe'
06 October 2014 01:51 AM
Only days after reportedly being accused of being “hopeless” by the managing director of John Lewis, the French have demonstrated their flair for innovation and fun in the latest incarnation of the “nuits blanches” (white nights) in Paris.
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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- 2 Ben Affleck asked TV chiefs to hide slave-owning ancestry, new hacked Sony emails published by Wikileaks claim
- 3 Driving while dehydrated can be just as dangerous as drink driving, study suggests
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 One Direction: Louis Tomlinson launching his own record label, has already 'signed two acts'