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IS members destroy a statue in Mosul museum
27/02/2015 - France - Iraq - Syria

Hollande condemns IS’s ‘barbaric’ destruction of ancient artefacts in Mosul

French President François Hollande on Friday condemned the “barbaric” destruction of ancient statues by the Islamic State (IS) armed group in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Diego Velazquez, The Toilet of Venus (1647-1651)
23/02/2015 - France

Art exhibitions in Paris, February-September 2015

Spanish splendour from Velazquez, vice and low life in Baroque-era Rome, Tudor pomp, domestic bliss and ladies in the bath and some louche Outsider Art hit the Paris museums and galleries this ...
Still from "Bwaya" by Francis Xavier Pasion
22/02/2015 - Report: Culture

Philippines’ film "Bwaya" takes gold at France’s main Asian Cinema Festival

A film about a crocodile in the Philippines outback helps raise local cultural awareness at home and abroad, coming out as the top jury pick at the 21st Festival International du Cinéma ...
Director Abderrahmane Sissako and his seven Césars awarded to him on Friday.
21/02/2015 - France

Timbuktu takes home seven Césars, Kirsten Stewart makes history

“Timbuktu” swept up seven awards including best film at Friday’s 40th annual César awards, while actress Kristen Steward became the first American actress to win ...
Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in Olivier Assayas's Sils Maria
20/02/2015 - France

Kristen Stewart joins France’s cinema stars in running for César film award

France's own Oscars ceremony, the Césars, was to see the biggest and brightest stars of French cinema vie for the top awards on Friday evening.
Abderrahmane Sissako speaking to RFI
18/02/2015 - France - Mauritania

Timbuktu director Sissako to chair Cannes short film jury

Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako is to be the president of the short films jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the organisers announced on Tuesday.
Danish Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen (R) meets French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve at Krudttoenden in Oesterbro February 15, 2015.
15/02/2015 - France-Denmark-Europe

France side by side with Denmark after Paris' inspired terror attacks

France's Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Sunday promised to help the Danish people fight terrorism, following two fatal shootings that left two people dead and five police officers wounded.
François Hollande welcomes a Qatari delegation to the French Presidential palace, January 11 2015.
15/02/2015 - France: REPORT

France to cut Qatar funding of mosques in crackdown on islamic fundamentalism

The French government has announced a series of measures to clamp down on radical Islam being spread in mosques, and wants to cut financial support from countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Still from "Melbourne" by Nima Javidi
15/02/2015 - Report: Culture

Iranian movies in focus at French Asian fest

A new generation of filmmakers are taking Iran’s cinema industry in a new direction says a major promoter of Iranian independent films.
Still from "One Summer" directed by Yang Yishu
14/02/2015 - Report: Culture

French-Asian festival celebrates Chinese films

Big celebrations can be expected in Vesoul, a small town in eastern France, for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
French special force before the assault on the printworks in Dammartin-en-Goële where the Kouachi brothers were holed up
13/02/2015 - France

French broadcasters protest at official criticism of Charlie Hebdo coverage

French broadcasters protested Friday against a rap on the knuckles delivered by the country’s broadcasting watchdog for their coverage of last month’s Charlie Hebdo killings and their ...
Still from "Margarita, with a Straw"
13/02/2015 - Report: Culture

What does normal mean? Margarita, with a Straw screened at French Asian film festival

Margarita, with a Straw is a coming-of-age film from India for all ages and abilities.
The Edinburgh Scotpipe Band in Montmartre
13/02/2015 - Report: Culture

Haggis in Paris as Scotland comes to Montmartre

Whisky-a-flowing, pipes-a-piping, drums-a-drumming ...
Still from "The monk"
12/02/2015 - Report: Culture

France’s Asian Film Festival breaks new ground with Myanmar feature

The first film screened in competition at Fica, the International Festival of Asian Cinema in Vesoul in eastern France, was a rare bird: a fiction film from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
Chinese filmmaker Wang Chao receiving his "Cyclo d'Or" - Golden Rickshaw
11/02/2015 - Report: Culture

Sobs in the stalls as Zhang Yang's Full Circle opens French Asian film festival

A drama in a Chinese retirement home tugged at viewers' heartstrings at the start of the 21st International Festival of Asian Cinema (Fica) in Vesoul, eastern France.
Assia Djebar
07/02/2015 - France - Algeria

Algerian French-language novelist Assia Djebar dies, aged 78

Algerian French-language novelist Assia Djebar has died in a Paris hospital at the age of 78.
Tracks out of Paris's Gare St Lazare, the city is popular with filmmakers, ranging from Woody Allen to Luc Besson
07/02/2015 - France

Paris tightens film shoot controls in wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks

Filmmakers have long flocked to Paris to use the city as a backdrop but, in the wake of last month’s Charlie Hebdo attacks, they will find it more difficult to film action movies now.
A Ferrari Spider California advertised on Artcurial's website
05/02/2015 - France

Treasure trove of classic cars hoped to raise 16 million euros at Paris auction

After nearly 50 years locked away in scruffy sheds on a farm in western France, a treasure trove of extremely rare, classic cars is going to auction.

The Police Judiciaire HQ at 36, quai des Orfèvres in Paris
04/02/2015 - France

Paris police chief among four in custody over alleged conman case leaks

The head of Paris’s judicial police (PJ) – the French equivalent of the US’s FBI – has been taken into custody along with three other serving or former police officers in ...
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls meets Chinese President Xi Jinping
30/01/2015 - France - China

Valls unveils de Gaulle statue, meets Xi Jinping on day two of China visit

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls unveiled a statue of former president General Charles de Gaulle at China’s National Museum on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Friday after meeting ...
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