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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The congregation at the service for Edith Piaf, the French singer, whose song 'La Vie en Rose' has inspired many books and films

50 years gone, but still loved: Edith Piaf fans flock to Paris for memorial

The  congregation at the service included busloads of Japanese tourists

President Yahya Jammeh on walkabout in November 2011

Goodbye to all that: The Gambia’s ultra-paranoid dictator, Yahya Jammeh, rejects the Commonwealth

One of Africa’s most vibrant dictators has cut a symbolic link with his nation’s colonial past and, some say, with normality

Postcard from... St Valéry

Postcard from... Paris

President Hollande was 'hours' from launching fighter jets headed for Syria when Barack Obama called off strikes

French were 'hours' from military strikes on Syria before phone call from Obama

Fighter jets were preparing for scheduled take off when President Hollande took 'stunning' call from US telling him to hold fire

Charles Taylor leads rebels in a march on Monrovia in 1990, following which President Samuel Doe was mutilated and summarily executed

Charles Taylor: Liberia’s former president finally faces punishment for his horrific war crimes

He will forever be associated with the conflicts that convulsed West Africa for more than a decade, and cast a long shadow over the region

French budget breaks promise on tax rises with €3m increase

The French government has unveiled its 2014 budget which breaks an earlier promise to halt rising taxes for the French, weighed down by one of the highest tax burdens in the world.

Interior minister Manuel Valls with some of the drugs haul

Record 1.3 tonne cocaine haul seized on Air France plane to Paris

The drugs were reportedly destined for the Calabrian Mafia

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