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France on the spot as Ukraine crisis sanctions against Russia divide Europe

A call for an arms embargo on Tuesday puts France in a difficult position and divides EU foreign ministers who want tougher sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

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Falstafe, a production by Lazare Herson-Macarel, from a work by Valère Novarina, based on Shakespeare's Henri IV
14/07/2014 - Report: Avignon Theatre Festival 2014

A key priority of the new management at the Avignon Festival under stage director Olivier Py, is encouraging and showcasing young people’s talents.

Vitrioli directed by Olivier Py
11/07/2014 - Report: Avignon theatre festival 2014

Vitrioli, in Greek by Greek-Canadian Yannis Mavritsakis, is directed by Olivier Py, who heads the Avignon Festival for ...

Orlando or Impatience in Avignon
11/07/2014 - Report: Avignon theatre festival 2014

A biting comedy with topical references and a philosophical ring - not to mention a sado-masochistic culture minister is director Olivier Py's offering at this years Avignon Festival.

06/07/2014 - France

Avignon's famed arts festival is now in full swing after the two opening shows were cancelled on Friday due to strike action.

Falstafe, a production by Lazare Herson-Macarel, from a work by Valère Novarina, based on Shakespeare's Henri IV
14/07/2014 - Report: Avignon Theatre Festival 2014

A key priority of the new management at the Avignon Festival under stage director Olivier Py, is encouraging and showcasing young people’s talents.

A painting of horses from the Grotte Chauvet
22/06/2014 - France - Unesco

A French cave containing the oldest known paintings in the world has been declared a World Heritage Site but the UN’s cultural arm, Unesco.

Musicians perform during the fête de la musique in Nantes in 2011
21/06/2014 - France

Disgruntled Paris bar owners were to boycott France’s annual day of music in the streets, the Fête de la Musique, on Saturday.

A demonstration in front of the culture ministry in Paris this month
21/06/2014 - France

The Avignon theatre festival and France’s other summer arts festivals may not take place due to a strike threat by stage-hands and other arts-support workers.

Performing artists protesting in Paris, 2 June 2014.
16/06/2014 - France

Stage and screen actors as well as theatre and film technicians are protesting around France on Monday against planned reforms to their special unemployment scheme.

The Pont des Arts, Paris
09/06/2014 - France

There was too much love in romantic Paris on Sunday evening when the weight of “love locks” caused part of a historic bridge to collapse.

Arts industry workers protest in Paris, 20th March.
05/06/2014 - France

Action by workers in the arts and entertainments sector led to the cancellation of the first night of Verdi’s La Traviata at Montpelier’s Opera house on Wednesday evening.

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