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20 May
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Red Carpet Arrivals: Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture and Communication

the 20.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 27.05.2007 at 12:10 PM

Christine Albanel, the new Minister of Culture and Communication, posed on the steps of the Palais on her way to the screening of To Each His Own Cinema. She read a letter from President Nicolas Sarkozy to Gilles Jacob, President of the Cannes Festival de Cannes. Mr. Sarkozy lauded the cultural exception "which gives contemporary creation its vitality," and promised that he would fight against the bootlegging of original artistic works which could be an undesirable side effect of the digital revolution. President Sarkozy went on to say that the Festival is "living proof that the film world is one big family; not merely in the sense which generally comes to mind, that is, the family of directors, screenwriters, producers, and technicians, but a universal family which brings together all the people of the world. (…) A family which makes every individual on the planet the kin of a Chinese peasant forced to leave his village, a juvenile delinquent [translator's note: he referred to François Truffaut's film The 400 Blows], a British fashion photographer, a New York taxi driver, or a soldier from the colonies."

Ms. Albanel then spoke of her own determination "to strive to defend the cultural exception," and noted with satisfaction that the motion picture industry is thriving and healthy. She will return to Cannes on Saturday, May 26, to attend the fifth European Day.

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