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

Ile-de-Brehat

Postcard from... Ile de Bréhat

Mohammad Javad Zarif has been accused of being 'pro-West'

New foreign minister signals potential for Iran to improve relations with the West

Appointment is viewed as a key opportunity to build bridges with Obama administration

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific