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French press review 05 January 2013

It appearss the french press is still eager to talk about its over paid actors and the Gerard Depardieu scandal.


Aujourd'hui en France highlights the flaws of the french film industry: actors paid ten times more than they should while box office revenue is ten times less than it should be. French actors are sometimes, if not often, better paid than some of their Hollywood counterparts.

The paper writes that, unlike American actors who have no shame in flashing their cash and being open about how much they are paid, French actors never want to mention their pay slips, especially those who earn the most.

The paper features a list of some of France's top earners and an interview with French actor François Berleand, who rolls his eyes at how overpaid many actors are. He says the era of Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo, two classic french actors from the 60s when films would have five million viewers and actors could command any fee, is over.

The cover of Libération features a photo of the former French and newly Russian Gérard Depardieu. The headline reads " Between Poutine and Rasputin" and the photo itself is of Depardieu dressed as Rasputin in a Russian TV film.The article looks at Depardieu's dubious relations with the Kremlin. It also notes the actor has constantly changed his political allegiances and that his recent acquisition of Russian nationality thanks to Vladimir Putin has led to shocked and sacarstic reactions.

One person who seems to have been inspired by Depardieu is Brigitte Bardot. The screen siren of the 1960s says she's ready to ask for Russian Nationality in order to save two elephants from a Zoo in Lyon who may be put down because it's believed they have tuberculosis.

This may sound totally stupid and over dramatic. But then again, Bardot is an animal rights campaigner, so the cause seems a little more noble than that of avoiding taxes.

The conservative paper Le Figaro is always happy to have a go at French President François Hollande and today it is intent on describing the conversation he had with Depardieu on 1st January.

Apparently it was about fiscal exile, politics and poetry... Should we really care? Apparently Depardieu is upset by the way the French media have handled this story. Depardieu likes to read Le Figaro, writes the paper. Right.

Perhaps a more interesting article in Le Figaro's economic supplement is one about how Virgin Megastores in France have gone bust. The business currently has 27 outlets in France and it's thought that it may have to close a dozen of them, which would lead to the loss of 500-600 jobs.

The paper write that the business is in 22 million euros of debt. Virgin says its downfall has been due to CD and DVD sales diminishing. The shops themselves are starting to look old, no money has been invested in their upkeep, and the owners can't afford to open smaller ones. This isn't a good situation for the government which in 2012 already had to deal with car manufacturers and steel factories folding.

If you flick over to Catholic La Croix, there is a guide on living during a crisis. Handy tips for saving , recycling, sharing, exchanging and of course a little bit of DIY. As they say, every little bit helps.

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