PARIS — Former Canal Plus exec Stefane France has been named Chief Operating Officer of Gallic production and distribution group Tele Images.France will replace Marie-France Han when she retires in July after 18 years with the company. France was formerly deputy director of Canal Plus Group and was responsible for coordinating the group’s digital terrestrial projects. Prior to that she served as managing director of Canal Plus Nordic and managing director of cable web Premiere in Germany. Tele Images specializes in primetime fiction, kids fare and docus and was the first to launch sitcoms in France. Its chairman and chief exec, Simone Halberstadt Harari recently won kudos as France’s producer of the year for 2002.