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Cannes Film Festival lineup announced

US stars Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Channing Tatum, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Ryan Reynolds are likely to hit the red carpet for this year’s Cannes Film Festival – notably less Hollywood A-listers than previous events. The festival has now announced its lineup for 2014, a year that will see a smaller number of U.S. filmmakers travel to the Croisette, and a controversial opening film of Princess Grace. Read more …

France's first women to crew submarines

For the first time in France, female officers in the navy will be allowed to crew a nuclear-armed submarine. Until now, women in the French Navy were barred from submarine duty, which involves two and a half months under water, uninterrupted - twice a year. Read more …

Italian mob roundup in the Côte d’Azur

In less than 24 hours, police services in Nice arrested multiple Italian mobsters from two of the biggest crime syndicates of southern Italy. Antonio Lo Russo, head of the Camorra syndicate and Vito Laterza, a member of the ‘Ndrangheta, both had European arrest warrants issued for them.Read more …