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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Roma camps near blocks housing other ethnic groups, such as this one in Ivry, a suburb of Paris, have led to hostilities including arson and the near-fatal beating of a Roma teenager last month

France’s unwanted tenants: Fear is part of the Roma's world

At least 20,000 Roma live in France legally, but they survive in shantytowns and are constantly moved on. Anne Penketh reports on the social tensions, and charities’ frustrations

Wojciech Janowski, the son-in-law of 77-year-old late heiress Helene Pastor, leaving a police station in Nice, France

Hélène Pastor murder: Monaco heiress’s son-in-law retracts murder confession

Wojciech Janowski confessed last week to being the 'instigator' of Mrs Pastor’s killing by two hit men, but now claims he didn’t understand some of the legal 'nuances' used by French investigators

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

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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

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