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Macron unshaken by Trump power grip

Brussels - Diplomacy can be a white-knuckle ride at times, but French President Emmanuel Macron refused to be shaken when he found himself in an unexpected standoff with US counterpart Donald Trump Thursday.

'Afghan Spielberg' Shaheen goes down a storm at Cannes

Cannes - In the hierarchy of world cinema, Hollywood is at the top. Then comes Bollywood and Nigeria's Nollywood. And then "way, way below comes us," says Salim Shaheen, a chubby Afghan actor who is his country's one-man film industry. "We are Nothingwood.

New business and old ties on agenda as Modi tours Europe

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will depart Monday for a four-nation tour of Europe that will include strategic talks with historic ally Russia and with key trading partner Germany.

New business and old ties on agenda as Modi tours Europe

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will depart Monday for a four-nation tour of Europe that will include strategic talks with historic ally Russia and with key trading partner Germany.

New business and old ties on agenda as Modi tours Europe

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will depart Monday for a four-nation tour of Europe that will include strategic talks with historic ally Russia and with key trading partner Germany.

Kidman takes aim at sexism as Coppola film wows Cannes

Cannes - Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell said Wednesday they wanted to throw their star power behind more movies made by women, after the Cannes premiere of their battle-of-the-sexes thriller.

Top Macron ally faces heat over French property deal

Paris - One of French President Emmanuel Macron's closest allies faced accusations of wrongdoing over a property deal on Wednesday, causing embarrassment as the new government prepares a new law to clean up politics.

With threat 'very high', France set to extend state of emergency

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron wants a sixth extension of France's state of emergency since the Paris attacks of November 2015, his prime minister said Wednesday, adding that the terror threat "remains very high".

Kids are the break-out stars of Cannes film festival

Cannes - Young actors are making waves at this year's Cannes film festival -- often in films that are hardly suitable children's viewing.

President Macron seeks extension of French state of emergency

Paris - New French President Emmanuel Macron will seek an extension of the country's state of emergency until November 1 and wants to strengthen the power of security forces with a new law, the presidency announced on Wednesday.

Salma Hayek says Hollywood treats actresses like monkeys

Cannes - Salma Hayek laid into Hollywood sexism on Tuesday, saying the system treats actresses like performing monkeys and wants rid of them once they realise they are smart.

Paris's Eiffel Tower to go dark for Manchester dead

Paris - The Eiffel Tower's lights will be turned off at midnight Tuesday in homage to victims of the Manchester Arena attack that claimed at least 22 lives, the Paris mayor said.

In first test, France's Macron opens key labour reform talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron got to work Tuesday on his first major agenda item of overhauling the labour code, meeting with union leaders and bosses on an issue that sparked strikes and protests last year.

AIDS drama, Sandler comedy among breakout hits at Cannes

Cannes - A wrenching French AIDS drama, a cinematic indictment of Putin's Russia and a bittersweet Adam Sandler comedy are among the 70th Cannes film festival contenders that have captured critics' hearts.

Why Korea's 'film noir' movies are wowing Cannes

Seoul - Beyond the gleaming towers of modern high-tech Seoul, it is the dark past of South Korea's years of dictatorship, violence and upheaval that have inspired the country's staggering rise as a cinematic powerhouse.

Hidden dragon: Cannes eyes elusive Chinese movie market

Cannes - Like an advancing army in a historical epic, the world's film studios are massing on the frontier of China's movie market, desperate to conquer the other side of the Great Wall.

Trump can't stop progress on climate, says Al Gore

Cannes - Not even Donald Trump can stop the campaign to roll back climate change, Al Gore said Monday as the former US vice president's sequel to Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" screened at the Cannes film festival.

Macron to host Putin for May 29 talks on Syria, Ukraine

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will host Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week as the countries look to reset strained relations, notably over Syria and Ukraine.

Cannes queen Kidman steers career 'like I'm 21'

Cannes - Nicole Kidman said Monday that she still tackles roles like a 21-year-old after the premiere of her shocking new horror movie at the Cannes film festival.

Schwarzenegger says you can have four Hummers and still save planet

Cannes - Arnold Schwarzenegger has four Hummers and likes nothing better than getting up at 5am to ride his Harley Davidson to the beach for breakfast. Yet "The Terminator" star insists that should not stop him being an environmental evangelist.

Clint Eastwood, 86, hints at return to acting

Cannes - Hollywood screen legend Clint Eastwood said Sunday that he isn't ruling out a return to acting -- at the age of 86.

'Stone Age' Trump going back to horse and cart says Schwarzenegger

Cannes - Arnold Schwarzenegger laid into US President Donald Trump Sunday, saying his plans to revive coal would bring the world back to the horse and cart."He's back in the Stone Age," the Hollywood star told AFP.

French officials probing Brazil submarine deal: report

Paris - French justice officials are investigating if bribes might have helped the country win a huge submarines order from Brazil in 2008, a media report said on Saturday.

Macron to receive Italian PM ahead of G7 talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Paris ahead of next week's G7 summit in Sicily, the French leader's office said Saturday.

Netflix row stirs tough questions for cinema's future

Cannes - The bitter row over whether Netflix films should be shown at the Cannes film festival is billed as generational clash that calls into question the future of cinema.

Macron faces early tensions with French media

Paris - The French presidency attempted to defuse early tensions with the media on Friday after handpicking journalists to accompany newly elected Emmanuel Macron on a trip to west Africa.

Le Pen seeks to rally split French far-right

Paris - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen sought to rally her divided National Front on Friday ahead of parliamentary elections next month as debate raged internally about the party's direction.

Five dresses making tongues wag at Cannes

Cannes - From a "Jerusalem skyline" gown that sparked a social media furore to a thigh-split leaving almost nothing to the imagination, these are the red carpet dresses turning heads at Cannes.

Macron visits Mali's restive north

Dori - New French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged faster progress in a Mali peace accord signed in 2015 on his first official visit outside Europe, while reaffirming strong military cooperation with the United States in Africa.

Heiress to Nina Ricci fortune avoids jail for tax fraud

Paris - A French appeals court ruled Friday that the heiress to the estate of fashion designer Nina Ricci will not serve jail time over her conviction for tax fraud, reducing an earlier sentence.
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