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May 18, 2013

Agonising family choice in Japanese film at Cannes festival

CANNES, May 18 (Reuters) – A film about baby-switching by
Japan’s Kore-eda Hirokazu that ponders nature versus nurture
premiered at the Cannes film festival on Saturday, joining an
Iranian challenger as contenders for the top prize.

“Soshite Chichi Ni Naru” (“Like Father, Like Son”) is one of
two Japanese films out of the international roster of 20 vying
to take home the Palme d’Or prize on May 26 from the world’s
largest film festival being held on the French Riviera.

May 17, 2013

Iranian director’s taut family saga rivets critics at Cannes

CANNES, May 17 (Reuters) – Oscar-winning Iranian director
Asghar Farhadi premiered his latest tightly wound family drama
at Cannes on Friday, confirming critics’ advance buzz it would
prove a contender for the film festival’s top prize.

The prestigious festival on the French Riviera – where the
sun finally emerged on day three – is looking to spot its Palme
d’Or winner among the 20 entries in the main competition and
early reviews were enthusiastic for “Le Passe” (“The Past”).

May 16, 2013

Brutal scenes kick off Cannes film contest

PARIS (Reuters) – A man stripped to his underwear, his mouth covered with duct tape, hangs from an overpass – the brutal opening scenes of the movie kick-starting the main competition for the Cannes film festival.

True to the variety on offer at the influential jamboree, the second picture on Thursday began with a shot of a nubile young woman sunbathing topless on a beach, watched by a voyeur.

May 16, 2013
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France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails

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(Villepinte prison guard Blaise Gangbazo walks on grounds overlooking the prison facilities in Villepinte, April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen )

In France, the path to radical Islam often begins with a minor offence that throws a young man into an overcrowded, violent jail and produces a hardened convert ready for jihad.

May 7, 2013

France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails

VILLEPINTE, France (Reuters) – In France, the path to radical Islam often begins with a minor offence that throws a young man into an overcrowded, violent jail and produces a hardened convert ready for jihad.

With the country on heightened security alert since January when French troops began fighting al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali, authorities are increasingly worried about home-grown militants emerging from France’s own jails.

May 7, 2013

Insight: France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails

VILLEPINTE, France (Reuters) – In France, the path to radical Islam often begins with a minor offence that throws a young man into an overcrowded, violent jail and produces a hardened convert ready for jihad.

With the country on heightened security alert since January when French troops began fighting al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali, authorities are increasingly worried about home-grown militants emerging from France’s own jails.

Apr 28, 2013

France’s foreign firepower threatened by budget cuts

CANJUERS ARMY BASE, DRAGUIGNAN, France, April 28 (Reuters) -
E xplosions echo through a valley in southern France, sending up
plumes of smoke as four Caesar self-propelled guns fire at
distant targets in drills that mirror operations in Mali.

It’s a show of firepower organised by arms manufacturer
Nexter to demonstrate the guns to the press and which underlines
the role of the army in a conflict that has bolstered France’s
standing as a nation that can project military force. Yet the
message may fall on deaf ears in Paris.

Apr 18, 2013

Polanski, Soderbergh and DiCaprio light up Cannes 2013

PARIS, April 18 (Reuters) – Hollywood heavyweights like
Steven Soderbergh and the Coen brothers will vie with Roman
Polanski and a cast of filmmakers from around the world for the
top prize at a Cannes Film Festival next month promising to beam
with star power.

Organisers of the world’s most important cinema showcase
unveiled a line-up laden with international films on Thursday
that will light up 10 days of competition on the palm-filled
French Riviera with a global crowd of auteurs and silver screen
stars to keep the cameras flashing.

Apr 11, 2013

Rue Margaret Thatcher in Paris? Pourquoi pas, some ask

PARIS (Reuters) – Right in the heart of Paris, sandwiched between the Champs-Elysees and the River Seine, sits Avenue Winston Churchill.

So why not a Rue Margaret Thatcher, some French politicians are asking.

A conservative city councilor, Jerome Dubus, will propose that the French capital pay homage to Britain’s outspoken former prime minister by naming a street after her at the next council meeting this month. Thatcher died on April 8.

Apr 9, 2013

Sleaze-raking French website has political elite quaking

PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) – A fledgling investigative website
has made its mark as the top French media exposing government
sleaze, with its coup against a minister leaving national
newspapers playing catch-up and other politicians quaking.

After a late-2000s debut uncovering alleged graft led to the
career downfall of a conservative minister, Mediapart has
toppled a second minister, this time in the Socialist
government, showing it has no allegiance to left or right.

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