Director Artak Igityan is at the moment shooting the film “Anatolian History” in France, which is based on the novel “Where wild roses blossom: Anatolian history” by Mark Aren (born Karen Margaryan). The composer of the film is a French musical composer Michel Legrand, Allinnet.info reports.
“Anatolian History” stars such renowned French actors as Samy Naceri (known for his main role in the French comedy franchise “Taxi”), Gerard Darmon, and Hermine Stepanyan in the leading female role. Stepanyan shared her yet scarce experience of working with the director:
“I met director Artak Igityan during the premiere of the film ”Dawn of the Van sea’. We didn’t manage to chat too much, I only congratulated him and left. Two years later, we met again at the “Moscow” cinema in Yerevan at the premiere of another film. This time, Igityan was with his wife Anna. I approached them and said that I loved the film. Artak’s wife looked at me and said: ‘Artak, she is an excellent character.’ Thus, began a conversation about the film, as well as some other topics, Stepanyan recalled.
“Of course, I have seen films starring Darmon and Naceri, and after I realized that we will be playing in the same film, I began to watch their every single movie and read their interviews to learn more about them. During the shooting, I will get acquainted with them better because of easier direct communication,” said Stepanyan, and then added that the shooting is planned for 2018.
The shooting of the film will start in 2018.
The court in the Paris suburb of Nanterre dismissed on Tuesday the criminal defamation charges brought by Azerbaijani government against two French journalists for calling the country a “dictatorship.” In its November 7 ruling, the court dismissed the complaint for being ‘unacceptable.’ The hearing was the first case, involving a foreign government bringing a defamation suit against journalists before a French court.
To remind, Azerbaijan sued journalists Elise Lucet and Laurent Richard working for the France 2 network for defamation over a 2015 investigative report. The reporters were accused of defaming the Azerbaijani government by referring to it as a “dictatorship” when the former Soviet republic received a visit from then French president Francois Hollande.
The court decision was explained by references to the press law which “is designed to ensure the freedom of speech and prevent a state from launching a prosecution against individuals.”
The French Liberation paper quoted the court decision, saying “the press law has been put in place to prevent political censorship.”
The lawsuit against the two television journalists was earlier slammed by the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) as “an act of intimidation highlighting the Azerbaijani government’s contempt for free speech.” Media freedom activists also pointed to the dangerous precedent by a foreign government to export censorship beyond its own borders.
MOSUL,— An Iraqi Kurdish journalist and a French journalist were killed and two other French reporters were wounded after a mine exploded in Mosul, where they were covering an advance by Iraqi forces against Islamic State militants, French media reported on Monday.
The television network said Iraqi Kurdish journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad was killed and three reporters, Veronique Robert and Stephane Villeneuve, were wounded and taken to a U.S. military hospital in northern Iraq.
Stephan Villeneuve later succumbed to his injuries, public broadcaster France Televisions said Tuesday.
Local Kurdish media had earlier reported the incident saying the French journalists were being treated at the U.S. base in the Iraqi town of Qayyara.
Islamic State fighters have been defending their remaining stronghold in the Old City of Mosul, moving stealthily along narrow back alleys as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces slowly advance.
The historic district, and a tiny area to its north, are the only parts of the city still under the militants’ control. Mosul used to be the Iraqi capital of the group, also known as ISIS.
On February 25, journalist and presenter for Kurdish Rudaw TV Shifa Gerdi was also killed as she was covering the Mosul operation.
(With files from Reuters | AFP | NRT)
Sunday, May 7, 2017 2:03 PM EDT
Emmanuel Macron, a youthful former investment banker with little political experience, was well ahead in France’s presidential election on Sunday, suggesting that his call for a new centrist approach to politics would handily defeat the staunch nationalism of his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, according to projections based on preliminary results.
Polls closed at 8 p.m. in France, and official results will be tabulated through the night.
If he wins, Mr. Macron, 39, will become the youngest president in the 59-year history of France’s Fifth Republic, after leading an improbable campaign that amounted to a stinging rebuke of the country’s long-dominant political establishment.
The French newspaper Les Echos has published an opinion piece titled ‘The Frenchmen’s Desire for Trumpism’, where the authors analyze the results of a study on the degree of political trust, conducted by a Paris-based think tank, the Institute of Political Studies.
A think piece titled The Frenchmen’s Desire for Trumpism has been published in the French newspaper Les Echos, which summarized the results of a survey conducted by the Paris-based Institute of Political Studies which sought to determine how much faith the French had in their leaders.
The newspaper noted that according to the study, the French would like more protection at the national level and at the same time want “more conscious economic liberalism.”
However this doesn’t mean the country is sliding left; quite the opposite. According to The Economist, the French use the term ‘liberal’ to mean “faith in free markets and competition.”
Commenting on the matter, Veronique de Riche-Flores, chairwoman and founder of the independent think tank RF Research, told Sputnik France that the deterioration of the geopolitical and political situation has begun to “disturb” a rather large number of people.
She specifically cited “the concern that goes beyond the separate states and is already characteristic for many countries today.” This concern is related to economic instruments used under the current policy, which lead to a “sufficiently widespread emergence of protectionist temptations”.
“I think the most important thing is that there is a sociological movement in support of economic individualism, which rapidly turns into liberalism in its various forms,” Riche-Flores said.
Asked about the reasons for this surge of French interest in economic patriotism and protectionism, she pointed to transformations in the economic environment.
“Since the 2008 crisis, the economic environment has changed significantly, and attempts to ride out the crisis have failed,” she said.
Riche-Flores also dwelt on whether there is some contradiction between the French perception of Donald Trump personality and his statements regarding the economic sphere.
“It’s ironic, but I think it can be explained by the thirst for change and the fear caused by stagnation that has been in place in the past few years,” she pointed out.
She also predicted that even though the US electorate, who swept Donald Trump to power, will be unable to enjoy the fruits of his policy, hunger for power will certainly remain.
“It’s necessary to learn lessons from all this. When facing economic and political paralysis, citizens want to shake up everyone and see policy take the initiative once again,” she concluded.
Meanwhile, supporters of the new US President mingling with anti-Trump protesters in downtown Washington, DC told Sputnik they believe Donald Trump is an honest man who will improve economic prospects for Americans.
“People are going to think I’m insane but I think economically Trump will be good for the country,” a Trump supporter named Carly said, adding that “the only thing I’m really worried about is the environment.”
Paris, January 5, 2017 (AFP) – Three French deputies will travel to Aleppo Friday, “on their own strictly personal initiative” and “in solidarity with the Christians of the East” on the occasion of the Armenian Christmas celebration, They announced in a statement on Thursday.
The deputies LR Thierry Mariani and Nicolas Dhuicq and Jean Lassalle, deputy Pyrénées-Atlantique, former member of the MoDem, will visit to “mark again their solidarity with the Christians of the East by celebrating Christmas with the Armenian Orthodox community “From Aleppo, north of Syria.
They will also meet during this trip “various political leaders” in Aleppo and Damascus, they say in this statement, without further details.
Thierry Mariani, elected from abroad, has already visited Syria several times despite the disapproval of the French authorities. With Nicolas Dhuicq and other French parliamentarians, they spent the Paschal weekend in Damascus last March, “in solidarity with the Christians of the East.” On that occasion, they met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
During their visit Friday, MEPs want “to see the reality of the situation of the city” and “to learn about the military and humanitarian situation” of the country, they specify.
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The National Assembly (NA) of France adopted the amendments proposed to the bill on “Equality and citizenship”, which President François Hollande had also promised to make.
The amendments propose to establish 45,000 euro penalty for denying the crimes against humanity, 20Minutes writes. In fact, the document specifically mentions about criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial.
The bill will now be directed for adoption by Senate.
The previous law criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial in France was blocked by the country’s Constitutional Court, following which François Hollande initiated another bill.
I’m happy for the Bundestag voting on the Armenian Genocide recognition, Minister of State for European Affairs of France Harlem Désir wrote on his Twitter page.
France continues to struggle for the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, he noted.
The Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, on Thursday formally recognized the Armenian Genocide, with the aforesaid resolution and with only one vote against and one abstention. The resolution also notes that the Bundestag regrets that the German government at the time did nothing to stop this crime against humanity, and therefore the Bundestag also acknowledges the respective historical accountability of Germany.
Those who deny the [Armenian] Genocide and the Holocaust, do not do credit to themselves, but I believe in the freedom of speech also in this issue which personally relates to me. MP Patrick Devedjian stated the aforementioned at the debate on the bill on criminalization of denial of crimes against humanity introduced by his colleague Valerie Boyer during the session of the French Parliament Committee on Constitutional Laws and Legislation. In his speech, Devedjian said:
“This is a delicate and complicated issue in terms of law. The main issue is the denial by the state. Is it possible to exercise tolerance if a foreign state is disseminating organized denial propaganda in France? As an MP, I have received lots of such documents from organizations of one foreign country, which provides substantive means to the organizations which earn through Genocide denial. This propaganda is evidently for the category of French citizens who have a foreign descent but are nevertheless French like all the others.
I must respond with regret to the historians, who are worried about the interpretation of one or another event, that they get interested in these events when the latter become rather cruel.
The constant statements on that the history cannot be regulated by law are also ungrounded: the historic date of 14 July is the basis of our national identity. The politics, in the noble sense of the word, is based on memory and history.”