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.
Gerard Depardieu says his mother tried to kill him in womb with knitting needle in new book revelations
05 October 2014 06:50 PM
Controversial actor’s autobiography describes troubled childhood of prostitution and fighting
Emperor’s old clothes (and chattels) go under the hammer as Monaco’s royal family sells off rare collection of Napoleon’s possessions
03 October 2014 05:18 PM
House of Monaco puts Napoleon collection on sale to make space for its own museum
18 August 2014 12:00 AM
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.
17 August 2014 07:10 PM
Police say 'We’re clearly into score settling'
17 August 2014 12:00 AM
15 August 2014 08:11 PM
Hollande pays tribute to Allied fighters in the lesser-known invasion of Provence in 1944
14 August 2014 06:02 PM
'Premières Dames' claims presidents’ wives live like prisoners in Elysée Palace
14 August 2014 12:00 AM
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.
13 August 2014 06:11 PM
Woman saved by fishing boat after being swept out into English Channel by strong winds
12 August 2014 07:06 PM
Premier keeps his anniversary quiet in effort to avoid torrent of negative headlines
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests