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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Nicolas Sarkozy after his release in Paris

Nicolas Sarkozy comes out fighting against ‘grave’ corruption charges

Former French President uses TV and radio to protest innocence after release from custody

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy returns to the political stage to appeal for support for his debt-ridden party

Nicolas Sarkozy 'held for questioning' by police: Former French President condemns ‘Stasi’ tactics behind his arrest

Anti-corruption police act over claims he perverted the course of justice, precluding any likelihood of a political comeback

Parents at about 100 schools pulled their children out of classes in a mass boycott in January

Can boys wear skirts? France divided by gender stereotyping experiment in primary schools

Experimental scheme called the 'ABCD of equality' was introduced in 275 primary schools last autumn and aims to overcome 'unconscious' stereotyping of boys and girls

Postcard from... MONTPELLIER

 

Postcard from... Paris

 

François Hollande faced an hour of questions at BFM TV
A French soldier frisks a man at a checkpoint in the PK12 district in Bangui, as Operation Sangaris continues

CAR: French public fears ‘mission creep’ as operation drags on

François Hollande has sought to refocus attention from his private life on to his reform agenda

Rwanda's genocide-hunting couple Alain (right) and Dafroza Gauthier and skulls of victims of the Ntarama massacre during the 1994 genocide

'We are working on behalf of all the Rwandan victims': The genocide hunters

Husband and wife Alain and Dafroza Gauthier have spent 13 years relentlessly pursuing those behind the 1994 genocide. Now their efforts are finally starting to bear fruit, they tell Anne Penketh in Paris

Postcard from... Montferrat

The black puddings were coiled on a table, and served with chips. The spicy mulled wine had a hint of orange. But when Jean-Michel invited about 20 friends to his fête du cochon, to celebrate the slaughter of a pig, they were actually attending a semi-clandestine party.

Valérie Trierweiler: A day in the life of France's unofficial First Lady

Who is she? The “First Girlfriend”, or the “First Mistress” as some have called her? Or even the “First Concubine”?

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam