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.
30 April 2013 03:21 PM
Ayrault asks his ministers to stop using English words in their work
22 February 2013 07:00 PM
Michael Edwards, who writes in English and French, joins eminent guardians of language
20 February 2013 06:40 PM
US industrialist Maurice Taylor sparks storm by insulting staff, refuses to save ailing tyre factory
05 February 2013 06:15 PM
Turmoil at home as Iranian leader makes first visit to Cairo since Tehran's 1979 revolution
26 January 2013 12:00 AM
Protesters clash with police across Egypt, calling for end to Morsi’s Islamist government
24 January 2013 06:15 PM
It is two years to the day since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak began. But far from heralding a bright new dawn, for many things are worse than ever
17 December 2012 08:56 PM
The release from jail of a son of Iran's conservative former President, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has sparked a new round of speculation about the veteran politician's future.
16 December 2012 06:43 PM
Valérie Trierweiler, the partner of French President François Hollande, today described her difficulties in adjusting to a new role as France's "first girlfriend", saying that it was like doing a parachute jump "without a parachute".
14 December 2012 07:20 PM
One brand has been given a helping hand by President François Hollande
12 December 2012 07:18 PM
World Focus: Latest missile test shows Communist state will not be easily controlled
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
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- 2 South African rhino finally put down after roaming Kruger park for days with horn hacked off and bullet in brain
- 3 Italian pensioner hires an escort who turns out to be his son's girlfriend
- 4 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 5 Channel 4 announces two-hour TV show to be broadcast 'Live from Space' later this month