OUISTREHAM France (Reuters) – When Leon Gautier landed on Sword Beach in a hail of enemy fire on June 6, 1944, as one of the first wave of French commandos to set foot on Normandy soil, the last thing he expected was that 70 years later one of the “Boches” he was fighting against would be a friend and neighbor.
Today, 91-year-old Gautier and his friend Johannes Boerner, 88, are two of the dwindling number of veterans of the Allied D-Day landings and the ensuing nearly three-month battle of attrition that began to push German forces back from the western front of Nazi-occupied Europe.
LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Movers and shakers of the film world are boarding yachts or jets to head for the once sleepy Mediterranean seaside town of Cannes for a 12-day party that also serves as a film festival, with this year’s lineup heavy on drama and light on humor.
The 67th Cannes Film Festival gets under way on Wednesday with 18 films showing in the main competition for the Palme d’Or prize awarded by a majority female jury headed by New Zealand director Jane Campion, the only woman ever to receive the top Cannes award for her 1993 film “The Piano”.
PARIS (Reuters) – In a country known for a statutory 35-hour work week and a generous work-life balance, the “Best Worker of France” contest may seem an anomaly.
But for the nearly 3,000 French hopefuls currently competing for the prestigious prize bestowed every four years, the coveted medal with its tricolor ribbon is a symbol of artisanal excellence, creativity and typically Gallic professional pride.
PARIS (Reuters) – French lawmakers voted on Tuesday for a 50 billion euro ($69 billion) savings plan meant to let the euro zone’s second-largest economy meet deficit-reduction targets, but a high abstention rate betrayed dissent within the Socialist majority.
The 2015-2017 “Stability Program” passed by 265 votes to 232 in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament. The program can now be submitted for approval to the European Commission, which has already granted France two extra years to bring its deficit below EU-mandated limits.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialist government sets out its roadmap to deficit reduction on Wednesday, using optimistic growth forecasts to help persuade European partners it can realistically cut the shortfall to 3 percent of output by the end of 2015.
Europe’s second biggest economy is a laggard where recovery and public finances are concerned. It has already been granted a two-year extension on the original deadline to bring the deficit below the EU’s 3 percent treaty limit.
CANNES (Reuters) – Sun, celebrities, and a world-renowned film festival have made Cannes synonymous with glamour, guaranteed prime people-watching and a chance to relish the good life against the backdrop of palm trees and yachts.
From Brigitte Bardot to Angelina Jolie, Grace Kelly to Nicole Kidman – the stars of yesteryear and today have flocked to this port town once a year to fete the best of international cinema, but it’s not just movies making this holiday spot hum.
CANNES, April 18 (Reuters) – Sun, celebrities, and a
world-renowned film festival have made Cannes synonymous with
glamour, guaranteed prime people-watching and a chance to relish
the good life against the backdrop of palm trees and yachts.
From Brigitte Bardot to Angelina Jolie, Grace Kelly to
Nicole Kidman – the stars of yesteryear and today have flocked
to this port town once a year to fete the best of international
cinema, but it’s not just movies making this holiday spot hum.
PARIS, April 17 (Reuters) – Hollywood star power will mix
with world cinema at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in May, after
the announcement on Thursday that one of the films to be shown
in competition will be the Tommy Lee Jones-directed frontier
drama “The Homesman”.
Among the 18 films competing for the top Palme d’Or prize at
the festival will be movies from Russia, Turkey, Canada, Japan
and France, plus several by women directors, festival director
Thierry Fremaux told a news conference.
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande appointed a close friend and former European affairs minister to the strategic post of his chief of staff on Wednesday and reshuffled his private office to tighten the country’s relations with Brussels.
The nomination of Jean-Pierre Jouyet as secretary-general of the presidency was also designed to ensure better coordination with the government of new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Hollande told the daily Le Monde.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s newly formed government will seek a confidence vote from parliament on Tuesday, a step that would allow it to press ahead with President Francois Hollande’s business reforms to spur growth without having to risk a separate vote.
New Prime Minister Manuel Valls approved the vote during his first cabinet meeting as his reshuffled team of 16 Socialist ministers strives to present a united front after the Greens party broke away from the coalition over energy policy.