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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Mysterious ways: The Latin chants of French Benedictine monks at prayer can now be enjoyed on the internet

Monks of Le Barroux go live: Matins at dawn - it's iChants for early risers

French Benedictine abbey streams its daily round of Latin liturgy to a worldwide audience

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez were anti-war activists

Pot-smoking, peacenik Bob Dylan ‘unworthy’ of French Légion d’honneur award

Is Bob Dylan “unworthy” of the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest civilian award? The head of the institution which decides on the recipients appears to think so.

French ministers refuse to attend conference with Islamic scholar who teaches at Oxford University

He is an Islamic scholar who teaches at Oxford University and a former member of a working group on extremism set up by Tony Blair. Time magazine once described him as the “leading thinker” among Europe’s second and third-generation Muslim immigrants.

Former Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, denies money laundering

Cash deposits of former Nicolas Sarkozy aide come under fresh scrutiny

The former Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, denies money laundering

NF founder Jean-Marie Le Pen leads a Paris May Day rally

France takes to the streets as disaffected voters turn to far-right

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of France in traditional May Day rallies marked by calls for an end to President François Hollande’s austerity policies, which many blamed for record numbers of jobless.

The IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, was responsible for rail as Finance Minister

Former aide to Christine Lagarde ‘shifted route of TGV to avoid mother’s garden’

A former aide to Christine Lagarde has put himself on the fast track to a criminal charge after allegedly trying to shift the route of a new TGV train line 1.8 miles away from his mother’s garden in south-western France.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warns government against using English language

Ayrault asks his ministers to stop using English words in their work

Poet becomes first Briton elected to illustrious Académie Française

Michael Edwards, who writes in English and French, joins eminent guardians of language

Maurice Taylor, boss of the US firm Titan: 'The French workforce get paid high wages but only works three hours'

The Grizz mauls 'lazy' French workers over 'three-hour day'

US industrialist Maurice Taylor sparks storm by insulting staff, refuses to save ailing tyre factory

President Ahmadinejad, centre, with President Morsi

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flies into trouble in Egypt as ally is arrested in Tehran

Turmoil at home as Iranian leader makes first visit to Cairo since Tehran's 1979 revolution

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'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
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Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
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Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor