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May 18, 2012

Reality TV, celebrity obsession hit Cannes screens

CANNES (Reuters) – Obsession with celebrity is the focus of Italian director Matteo Garrone’s new movie “Reality” at the Cannes film festival, one of two pictures in the lineup exploring the corrosive power of instant fame and the desire to be watched.

Garrone is best known for his last film, the gritty “Gomorrah” about a Naples crime syndicate. But with “Reality” he switches gears, creating a modern day fairy tale whose protagonist’s soul is slowly and inexorably eroded by the lure of fame.

May 16, 2012

Cannes festival opens with quirky comedy and a camel

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The Cannes film festival kicked off on Wednesday with quirky U.S. comedy “Moonrise Kingdom”, Wes Anderson’s exploration of childhood and young love centered around two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away together.

The touching tale, set in 1965 on an island off the coast of New England, was a popular opening movie in the French Riviera resort, drawing laughs and warm applause at a press screening ahead of the official evening world premiere.

May 16, 2012

Baron Cohen’s Dictator storms Cannes, camel in tow

CANNES, France (Reuters) – It took no less than a live camel strolling the promenade in Cannes to steal the show on the film festival’s opening day, a feat that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen pulled off with chutzpah on Wednesday.

The British satirist, star of “Borat” and “Bruno,” used the novel public relations stunt to draw attention to the U.S. opening of his new film “The Dictator,” in which he plays fictitious despot General Aladeen of the made-up North African country Wadiya.

May 7, 2012

Short party for Hollande after French election win

PARIS (Reuters) – Francois Hollande’s honeymoon after his election as France’s first centre-left president in 17 years was cut short on Monday by jittery financial markets eager for signals on his policies and how hard he will push back against German-led austerity.

The Socialist beat conservative Nicolas Sarkozy with 51.7 percent of Sunday’s runoff vote after a bruising campaign dominated by the same anger over economic crisis that has felled 10 other European leaders since late 2009.

May 3, 2012

Strong appetite for euro zone debt, but Spanish costs rise

MADRID/PARIS, May 3 (Reuters) – I nvestors kept up their
a ppetite for Spanish and French government de bt at auctions on
Thursday though em battled Sp ain was forced to pay a much higher
price than in previous sales.

France’s 10-year borrowing costs stayed relatively stable at
the country’s last debt auction before a presidential election
on Sunday while Spain met strong demand in its first auction
after Stan dard and Poor’s cut the country’s cre dit rating by two
notches to BBB+ last week.

May 1, 2012

Le Pen wounds Sarkozy by refusing to endorse

PARIS, May 1 (Reuters) – French far-right leader Marine Le
Pen delivered a further blow on Tuesday to President Nicolas
Sarkozy’s re-election hopes by refusing to endorse him and
telling her six million supporters to make their own choice in
Sunday’s ballot.

Conservative Sarkozy, who faces off with Socialist Francois
Hollande on May 6, needs most of the 18 percent of voters who
backed National Front leader Le Pen last week to support him in
the runoff if he is to overtake first-round winner Hollande.

Apr 27, 2012

France’s Hollande nods to right on immigration, veils

PARIS, April 27 (Reuters) – Presidential frontrunner
Francois Hollande gave nods to far-right voters who could decide
the outcome of the election, saying on Friday he would limit
immigration during an economic crisis and uphold a ban on women
wearing veils in public.

Hollande, a Socialist, is on course to win a May 6 runoff
against centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy’s only
hope for victory is to win over the record number of voters who
picked the far-right National Front in the first round on
Sunday.

Apr 27, 2012

France’s Hollande says immigration must be managed

PARIS, April 27 (Reuters) – Presidential frontrunner
Francois Hollande, under pressure to respond to France’s one in
five far-right voters, said on Friday that limiting the number
of foreigners entering the country to work was justified during
an economic crisis.

“In a period of crisis, which we are experiencing, limiting
economic immigration is necessary and essential,” the Socialist
said in a tentative concession to extreme-right voters who will
be crucial to a May 6 presidential runoff.

Apr 26, 2012

Paris glitterati holds breath over Ritz renovation

PARIS (Reuters) – Enter the Ritz Paris and a well-heeled hush envelopes the senses.

But the calm will soon give way to the sound of construction, as the five-star hotel undergoes a two year renovation designed to refresh the gem on the Place Vendome known as one of the most elegant addresses in Paris.

Apr 24, 2012

French presidential rivals race to seduce Le Pen voters

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s presidential rivals vied on Tuesday to seduce nearly a fifth of the electorate that voted for far-right anti-immigration crusader Marine Le Pen, voicing understanding for voters’ distress in the economic crisis.

Conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, fighting for his political life after being beaten into second place in Sunday’s first round, said no issues were taboo and veered sharply to the right in the quest for Le Pen voters.

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