Wherever historic puppetry forms are still strong, and often part of annual ceremonies or rituals, they provide a firm base on which contemporary forms and inventions emerge.
The 18th International Puppet Theatre Festival is underway in Charleville-Mézières. Held every two years, it hosts all kinds of puppet theatre from 25 countries.
A six-year-old French boy was to receive an 3D-printed artificial hand on Monday evening. The hand will be replaced as Maxence Contegal, who was born without a right hand, grows.