THERE has been a number of interesting stories zipping through my web browser over the past few days, from the closure of the Our Body exhibition of human bodies, to more worries about film posters showing characters smoking cigarettes.
Cannes film festival announces lineup with Tarantino, Almodóvar and Campion - Guardian
The official lineup for this year's event reads like a festival hall of fame. It gives indulgent centre stage to former Palme d'Or winners such as Quentin Tarantino, Jane Campion, Lars von Trier and Ken Loach, and old faithfuls like Michael Haneke, Pedro Almodóvar, Gaspar Noé and Ang Lee.
Meet the French James Bond - WSJ.com
Before Bond, before Bourne, there was Bonisseur de la Bath. Created in 1949 by French thriller writer Jean Bruce (four years before Ian Fleming published his first Bond adventure, "Casino Royale"), Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, otherwise known as OSS 117, was the original prototype for the globe-trotting, devil-may-care secret agent.
France's 'wild west' holds up against modernity - AFP
The Camargue, Europe's largest wetland and home to a dwindling breed of French-style "cowboys", is fighting to preserve its unique environment and identity despite the damage done by tourism and nearby industries.
Frenchman counsels on how not to get 'boss-napped' - AP
It's a situation that more and more French factory managers and human resource directors are finding themselves caught up in.
Turmoil at French universities could leave students facing missed year - The Guardian
French universities, paralysed by three months of student blockades and staff strikes, were warned by the government to resume teaching yesterday or risk damaging France's image on the world stage.
Suspect in French student murders pleads guilty to burglary - France 24
A man accused of murdering two French students during a frenzied attack at a London house admitted on Wednesday he had carried out a burglary at the property.
Paris bans posters of Coco Chanel star smoking - Telegraph
The city of Paris has banned posters of the actress Audrey Tautou in her new role as Coco Chanel because she is holding a cigarette.
Peugeot Citroen sales drop by 25% - BBC
Peugeot Citroen, France's biggest carmaker, has reported a 25% drop in sales in the first three months of the year, from a year earlier.
Exhibition of dissected human bodies closed by Paris court - RFI
A French court has ordered the closure of the Our Body exhibition of human bodies coated in plastic resin on the grounds that it offends public decency and lacks respect for the dead.
French unemployment to exceed 10 percent in 2010 - France 24
After industrial output dropped off in France in early 2009, the Paris-based French Economic Observatory (OFCE) forecast that the country's economy would shrink by 2.3 percent this year and that unemployment would top 10 percent in 2010.
Sarkozy spends £157m on keeping up with presidential jet set - Times Online
The aircraft will have desks for Mr Sarkozy and a secretary, a meeting room for 12 people and a medical cabinet equipped to deal “with all emergencies”, according to Les Echos, the financial daily.
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