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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Gérard Depardieu recently revealed he drinks 14 bottles of wine a day

Gerard Depardieu says his mother tried to kill him in womb with knitting needle in new book revelations

Controversial actor’s autobiography describes troubled childhood of prostitution and fighting

The bicorn hat on sale is similar to the one worn in Jacques-Louis David’s ‘Bonaparte Crossing the Grand Saint-Bernard Pass’ in 1800

Emperor’s old clothes (and chattels) go under the hammer as Monaco’s royal family sells off rare collection of Napoleon’s possessions

House of Monaco puts Napoleon collection on sale to make space for its own museum

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

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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy