France smashed the all-time box office record last year, notching up Euros1.2 billion ($1.8 billion) off 200.85 million admissions.
Pubcaster France Televisions' news director Paul Nahon has arrived in Kabul to lobby for the release of two of its journalists who were kidnapped last Wednesday in Afghanistan.
Pierre Morel is just the sort of French helmer who gets U.S. studios excited.
Smashing forecasts, Gallic pubcaster France Televisions notched up E393 million ($565.8 million) in advertising sales in 2009.
Lionsgate's "Killers" and 3D toon "Despicable Me," produced by Chris Meledandri, are among the first five recipients of France's tax rebate for international shoots.
In the biggest holiday bonus the French industry has ever seen, paybox giant Canal Plus has announced it will plow 10% of annual revenues into pre-buying Gallic pics.
Tough times have seen one major TV casualty in France -- daily soaps.
All is not cool in Gaul.
Merci Luc, merci James. France is a few weeks away from its biggest box office trawl in history.
Jacques Audiard's crime drama "A Prophet" was awarded the Louis Delluc prize.