With Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest American directors in the world, at the helm of the Cannes Film Festival, one might think that the French would not be honoured as they should be in their own country. Quite the contrary. Six out of twenty films in the competition are French, even more surprising given the profound crisis the French industry is going through. National icon, Gérard Depardieu has fled the country, actors are being paid stratospheric sums and the system of subsidies is floundering as a result of low profitability. All these criticisms have tarnished French cinema's image worldwide. So what should we believe: the amazing Cannes selection as a sign of underlying strength or the complaints and moans of the industry?
The visit of the UK Prime Minister and his family to the German chancellor in her country residence outside Berlin has been interpreted as a snub to the French President. The possibility of a growing alliance between David Cameron and Angela Merkel casts a dark shadow over the Franco-German relationship. And some of the French socialists who have been critical of Angela Merkel's "selfish intransigence", may push the German chancellor towards changing her strategic partner in Europe. Is this a sign of France's decreasing influence in Europe?
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