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French actor Depardieu banned for drunk driving

PARIS (Reuters) - French actor Gerard Depardieu was banned from driving for six months on Friday, after he was found to be three times over the alcohol limit when he fell from his scooter last year. The 64-year-old star of films such as Green Card and Cyrano de Bergerac was not in the Paris court to hear its decision to suspend his driving license and fine him 4,000 euros ($5,300). Drink-driving can be punishable by up to two years' jail.

Depardieu fined, has licence suspended over drink-driving

A court on Friday ordered eccentric French actor Gerard Depardieu to pay a 4,000 euro ($5,290) fine and suspended his driver's licence for six months for driving his scooter in Paris while drunk. The 64-year-old star, who has made headlines in recent months with erratic behaviour and a tax feud with French authorities, was arrested in November after falling off his scooter while more than three times over the legal alcohol limit. He was sentenced in absentia after repeatedly skipping court appearances. Depardieu has in recent weeks been filming a movie in Russia.

Depardieu fined, has licence suspended, over drink-driving

A French court on Friday ordered actor Gerard Depardieu to pay a 4,000 euro ($5,290) fine and suspended his driver's license for six months for driving his scooter in Paris while drunk. The 64-year-old star, who has made headlines in recent months with erratic behaviour and a tax feud with French authorities, was arrested in November after falling off his scooter while more than three times over the legal alcohol limit. He was sentenced in absentia after repeatedly skipping court appearances. Depardieu has in recent weeks been filming a movie in Russia.

Tunisia hails lesbian love film's Cannes success

The culture minister in Tunisia's Islamist-led government on Monday congratulated French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche for winning the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, without referring to the explicit lesbian relationship the movie details. "The minister of culture (Mehdi Mabrouk) congratulated the director Abdellatif Kechiche for this international recognition, wishing him much success in the world of cinema," the ministry announced.

French lesbian love story wins top prize at Cannes

By Belinda Goldsmith and Alexandria Sage CANNES (Reuters) - An intimate lesbian love story by French director Abdellatif Kechiche won the top prize in Cannes on Sunday, and the film festival's director immediately urged the large crowds protesting against gay marriage in Paris to go and see it. "La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2" (Blue is the Warmest Colour) was chosen from a field of 20 films exploring sex, violence and emotional anguish which were vying for the Palme d'Or, one of the most coveted film awards after the Oscars.

List of past Cannes best film winners

French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche's graphic lesbian love story "Blue is the Warmest Colour" on Sunday won the top prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Once known as the Grand Prix, from 1975 the best film award at the festival has been known as the Palme d'Or or Golden Palm. Here is a list of winners of the coveted prize: 1939: No prize as the festival was halted after 48 hours by Hitler's invasion of Poland. 1946: 11 films shared the top prize, including: "Open City" by Roberto Rossellini

List of past Cannes best film winners

French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche's graphic lesbian love story "Blue is the Warmest Colour" on Sunday won the top prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Once known as the Grand Prix, from 1975 the best film award at the festival has been known as the Palme d'Or or Golden Palm. Here is a list of winners of the coveted prize: 1939: No prize as the festival was halted after 48 hours by Hitler's invasion of Poland. 1946: 11 films shared the top prize, including: "Open City" by Roberto Rossellini

List of past Cannes best film winners

French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche's graphic lesbian love story "Blue is the Warmest Colour" on Sunday won the top prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Once known as the Grand Prix, from 1975 the best film award at the festival has been known as the Palme d'Or or Golden Palm. Here is a list of winners of the coveted prize: 1939: No prize as the festival was halted after 48 hours by Hitler's invasion of Poland. 1946: 11 films shared the top prize, including: "Open City" by Roberto Rossellini

List of past Cannes best film winners

French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche's graphic lesbian love story "Blue is the Warmest Colour" on Sunday won the top prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Once known as the Grand Prix, from 1975 the best film award at the festival has been known as the Palme d'Or or Golden Palm. Here is a list of winners of the coveted prize: 1939: No prize as the festival was halted after 48 hours by Hitler's invasion of Poland. 1946: 11 films shared the top prize, including: "Open City" by Roberto Rossellini

Lesbian love story "La Vie d'Adele" wins top prize at Cannes

CANNES (Reuters) - Lesbian love story "La Vie d'Adele", by French director Abdellatif Kechiche, won the Cannes film festival's top honor, the Palme d'Or, on Sunday. "La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2" (Blue is the Warmest Colour) beat 19 other films in the main competition at the world's biggest film festival to take home one of the most coveted prizes after the Oscars. The top acting awards went to U.S. actor Bruce Dern for "Nebraska" and French actress Berenice Bejo in "Le Passe" (The Past).
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