Week in Review: Cannes kicks off, a French power couple on trial & the Eiffel Tower turns 130
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A French power couple went on trial this week, suspected of having hidden millions of euros in ill-gotten assets. We also take a look at the Eiffel Tower's 130th anniversary and, of course, the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
A political power couple – the mayor and deputy mayor of a wealthy town west of Paris – go on trial Monday on suspicion of hiding more than €13 million of ill-gotten assets, including two luxury villas, from the French state.
With voting for the EU Parliament set for May 26 in France, the far-right National Rally (formerly the National Front) is looking to put a dent in President Emmanuel Macron’s European credibility. Leading that charge, under Marine Le Pen’s watchful eye, is Jordan Bardella, 23.
Paris is marking the 130th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower’s public opening in 1929 with a laser light show retracing the monument's history.
FRANCE 24’S CANNES 2019 COVERAGE
To view all of our coverage from Cannes 2019, click here.
Jean Dujardin made history a few years ago when he became the first French actor ever to win an Oscar for the silent film "The Artist," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He's now back on the Croisette with the black comedy "Deerskin," opening the Directors' Fortnight sidebar. He speaks to FRANCE 24 about his new movie, why he was attracted to the "masculine fantasy" of running away and the moment he won the Oscar.
As the 72nd Cannes Film Festival opens, we take a closer look at the lives of Foley artists: They are the sound engineers who reproduce everyday noises to perfection, whether it's the sound of a lawnmower or a fork scraping a plate. Their work may be essential to the success of a movie, but the industry has no awards for their craft.
Cinema's players, would-be players, film buffs and celebrity-watchers descended on the French Riviera on Tuesday as the 72nd Cannes Film Festival swung into action with Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie fest.
After a glitzy red carpet, the Cannes Film Festival soon slipped back into a torpor as Jim Jarmusch opened the competition and ended the world with his droll, lethargic Zombie satire, “The Dead Don’t Die.”
Cannes stuck to its apocalyptic vein with "Bacurau," an eerie Brazilian sci-fi western, and "Les Misérables," an angry French flick on police brutality, while Jean Dujardin got infatuated with his suede jacket in the loopy “Deerskin.”
TV SHOWS ONLINE
With parliamentary elections set to kick off in Europe, the EU Commission and tech giants are bracing for a one-of-a-kind battle against disinformation and hate speech. In this edition we speak to Eline Chivot, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation about what can be done to safeguard election processes.
Some gardens look like something out of a dream. The garden of Roscoff, in France's western Finistère region, is one of them. It was created 35 years ago by a roaming botanist who brought back exotic plants from as far away as New Zealand and South Africa.
THE EUROPE REPORT
European election update: High drama in the French campaign as a far-left candidate calls for voters to back the far right – earning him some choice insults from French far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
In this edition, authorities bust a criminal network that had been trafficking young Pakistani Christian women to China as brides.
In this week's programme, we're delving deep into the world of technology and the role it plays - and should play - in our society. We're joined by Mitchell Baker, co-founder and executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation.
To see previous editions of the Week in Review, please click here.
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