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Jugnot hits jackpot

French film actor rakes it in

PARIS — Gerard Jugnot, star of Oscar-nominated Gallic hit “Les Choristes”, was the highest paid French actor in 2004, netting $7.1 million, according to a survey published Monday.

Jugnot’s earnings soared above their usual level thanks also to his co-producing the pic, which grossed $66 million in France.

Gaul’s other high earners last year were Jean Reno, who made $4.6 million (including nearly $3 million for “The Corsican Investigation”), Gerard Depardieu, who earned $4.4 million on some five films, and Christian Clavier, who made $4.2 million, (including $2.6 million for “The Corsican Investigation”).

Gallic actresses were way behind their male counterparts.

The first female thesp on the list was tenth-placed Audrey Tautou, who earned $1.15 million for “A Very long Engagement”.

The survey published by the weekly supplement Figaro Entreprises only took account of earnings on films released in 2004.

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