Depardieu’s Exit Spotlights French Film Industry Salaries

In the aftermath of French Actor Gérard Depardieu’s very public departure from France —and subsequent bid of “Zdravstvujtye!” to Russian citizenship —Vincent Maraval, founder of French film distribution company Wild Bunch S.A., has entered the controversial dialogue surrounding high-earning individuals facing large tax raises under President François Hollande. Casting light onto the source of French […]

Google, French Newspapers Spar Over Proposed Tax

In a letter sent to several French ministerial offices last week, internet search engine giant Google threatened to de-index French media sites in protest of the proposed “Google tax” that stems from a French report suggesting the measure. Proposed as a possible method of addressing “cultural menaces posed by the digital world,” the tax would […]

Why so Civil? The French Elections as Seen by “Une Américaine”

At times I wasn’t sure if I was watching a presidential campaign or a game show.  With all due respect to French television, though, the digitalized image of the Palais de l’Élysée adorning the set of the Hollande-Sarkozy debate did seem like something CNN would do in a desperate, gimmicky move for better ratings.  François […]