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May 27, 2003 - The Hollywood Reporter

France seeking spotlight in animation at Annecy

PARIS—The 43rd installment of the Annecy International Animation Festival and its accompanying MIFA market have their timing down right this year.

Running June 2-7, the festival marks the beginning of a month that will see four major animated projects (three …

May 21, 2003 - The Hollywood Reporter

Naceri punished in chase, assault

PARIS—In a scenario reminiscent of the popular French “Taxi” films he stars in, actor Sami Naceri has temporarily lost his driver’s license and faces an eight-month suspended prison sentence, a two-year suspension of his license and a fine of 4,000€ …

May 21, 2003 - The Hollywood Reporter

Bronfman eyes Vivendi’s U.S. entertainment units

PARIS—  Vivendi Universal vice chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. is leading a consortium to buy the company’s U.S. entertainment assets, Vivendi Uni confirmed Wednesday.

Vivendi Uni also said Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with both Bronfman and his father …

May 20, 2003 - The Hollywood Reporter

CSA’s Baudis denies charges

PARIS—Dominique Baudis, head of French broadcasting regulator CSA, has denied allegations linking him to a new investigation that includes charges of sadomasochism and the rape of minors, citing his work with the CSA to eradicate pornography from French television as …

May 20, 2003 - The Hollywood Reporter

Euro Disney mulls resort villages

PARIS—French theme park operator Euro Disney S.A. and French developer Groupe Pierre & Vacances are forming an exploratory committee around the possibility of building a series of resort “villages” valued at approximately €1 billion ($1.2 million) adjacent to Disneyland Paris, …

May 4, 2003 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

French can bridge American, Muslim worlds

PARIS - Over the past few months, Franco-American relations have, to put it mildly, ebbed. Once negotiations at the United Nations Security Council soured, the media frenzy kicked in and soon after, no self-respecting American would wash down his freedom …

April 30, 2003 - The Dallas Morning News

The cheeses of Neal’s Yard

This London cheesemonger brings the best of England’s farmhouse cheeses to market.

April 26, 2003 - The Globe and Mail

Overhaul urged for elite school upon graduation

Upon graduation, salaried students choose their own jobs from a government list

By Joe Ray

Print Edition, Page A18

April 21, 2003 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

France’s neutrality makes it a bridge to the Muslim world

U.S. would be wise to pay heed to French plea for a central U.N. role
Special to the Journal Sentinel

April 20, 2003 - The Santa Fe New Mexican

An American in antiwar Paris

By JOE RAY | The New Mexican - Page G1

PARIS - After the war began in Iraq, I received an odd wave of concern from friends in the United States about my welfare. On the same day a few weeks back, I received an e-mail from someone who wanted to know how I was doing “all alone on my own out there” and another from my father who signed off, “Be careful.”

March 29, 2003 - The Hollywood Reporter

Euro Disney turns to Burger King exec

PARIS—French theme park operator Euro Disney SA has appointed Andre Lacroix, president of Burger King’s international division, to be its next chairman and CEO, the company said.

Yann Caillere, previously senior vp operations at Euro Disney, has been named president …

March 27, 2003 - The Hollywood Reporter

‘Tulipe’ blooms at Cannes

PARIS—Gerard Krawczyk’s 2003 version of the French classic “Fanfan la Tulipe” will open this year’s Festival de Cannes, organizers said Wednesday.

The swashbuckling 18th-century romance features young French star Vincent Perez and Spanish-born Penelope Cruz in the title roles, which …

March 26, 2003 - The Santa Fe New Mexican

London’s Big Cheese

LONDON - Randolph Hodgson, owner of Neal’s Yard Dairy, is one of the great pillars of the world of cheese. Hodgson and his two London stores are much like David Macaulay and his How Things Work books: someone with expert knowledge on his subject and the means to make it fun and accessible to everyone.

March 23, 2003 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Where olive oil is a family affair

Outside Liguria, the Apennine Mountains jut up abruptly, bringing transportation to a crawl. When they fall into the Mediterranean on their southern side, it is just as sharp a drop. How someone looked at these mountains and valleys and said, “I see countless terraces covered with olive trees,” is difficult to imagine. 

March 21, 2003 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

War in the Gulf: Global protests rage (as contributor)

Allies stand firm as world leaders, masses take issue
Rebecca Santana - For the Journal-Constitution - Contributing AJC correspondent Joe Ray

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