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

France’s Nicolas Sarkozy is back, but for how long?

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy returns to the political stage on Monday to appeal for support for his debt-ridden party, as a poll suggests that three out of five French people are opposed to him running for office.

Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, on the campaign trail

Nicolas Sarkozy’s election excess pushes party to the brink of bankruptcy

UMP – already heavily in debt – ordered to pay back €11m state subsidy after campaign overspend

Outrage was voiced after it emerged that Air France treated Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to a first-class plane ticket to New York

Trade union outrage over Air France's VIP treatment for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

'If there are rules they should be for everybody,' says spokesman

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front

Marine Le Pen may face racial hatred charge after losing MEP immunity

The leader of France’s far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, was stripped of her parliamentary immunity, opening the way for charges of inciting racial hatred to be laid against her.

Ziad Takieddine has confessed to having paid illegal kick-backs to fund the presidential campaign of Edouard Balladur

Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine paid illegal kickbacks to fund former French PM Edouard Balladur’s failed presidential bid

Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine has confessed to having paid illegal kick-backs to fund the presidential campaign of former French prime minister Edouard Balladur.

Disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn

‘Animal instincts exist’: DSK makes comeback in Paris with appearance at Senate committee on tax evasion

Former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, delivers confident lecture two years after claims he sexually assaulted maid

Election year: 7 December 2009 – Iranian opposition supporters protest at Tehran University

The new suffragettes: Shirin Ebadi - the campaigner who has become an international figurehead for women's rights

A Nobel peace prize 10 years ago has done little to reduce the threats faced by the most charismatic champion of democratic rights for women in Iran

Vincent Autin, left, and Bruno Boileau kiss at France’s first official gay marriage in Montpellier

France's first gay marriage: Sinatra plays as Vincent and Bruno make history

The mayor hailed the “historic moment” that two French people of the same sex were united in marriage.

Redoine Faid promoting his book in 2010

France's most wanted man captured: Armed robber Redoine Faid back in custody after spectacular Hollywood-style jail break six weeks ago

'Public enemy number one' who was inspired by American gangster movies found in Paris

First gay couple wed in France amid tight security after controversial new legislation sparked violent protests

Vincent Austin and Bruno Boileau tie the knot in historic wedding in Montpellier

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