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December 23, 1987 | MARILYN AUGUST, Associated Press
Competition from television is forcing the closing of hundreds of movie houses across France, a country that once boasted of 5,000 theaters for its 55 million residents. France still has as many theaters as Britain and West Germany combined, but it also has six rival TV channels beaming feature films at prime time. The French people's long love affair with the neighborhood cinema has gone stale.
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December 23, 1987 | MARILYN AUGUST, Associated Press
Competition from television is forcing the closing of hundreds of movie houses across France, a country that once boasted of 5,000 theaters for its 55 million residents. France still has as many theaters as Britain and West Germany combined, but it also has six rival TV channels beaming feature films at prime time. The French people's long love affair with the neighborhood cinema has gone stale.
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September 28, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press and Compiled by Deborah Caulfield and John Voland
Gene Kelly received France's highest cultural award at a ceremony in Paris. Kelly, whose credits include "An American in Paris," was presented the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, a ribbon and medal, by French Cultural Minister Francois Leotard--a descendant of the inventor of the classic dance garb.
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June 8, 1987
French Premier Jacques Chirac, acting to defuse a weeklong crisis, backed off from his demand that outspoken Culture Minister Francois Leotard choose between his government duties and his duties as a leader of the Republican Party. The premier had been angered by a magazine interview in which Leotard, 45, said he would not support Chirac in the first round of next spring's presidential elections. Leotard's centrist party is allied with Chirac's conservative Rally for the Republic party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2001
Philippe Leotard, 60, French actor who worked with noted directors Francois Truffaut and Claude LeLouch and won a Cesar, his country's equivalent of the Oscar, died Saturday in a Paris clinic. Born in the Riviera resort city of Nice in 1940, Leotard had a television and movie career that spanned three decades and included more than 70 films, the first being a made-for-TV movie, "Crime and Punishment," in 1966. The actor won his Cesar for his role in the 1983 film, "The Balance."
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July 30, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
It appears that French Finance Minister Edouard Balladur--who refused to move out of his posh offices in the Louvre so that the museum could be expanded and refurbished--has finally agreed to leave. The Finance Ministry announced Wednesday that Balladur and Culture Minister Francois Leotard had struck a compromise: Balladur will move half of his 2,500-person staff by the end of the year, especially those whose offices are close to the proposed construction sites.
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March 3, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The French government is proposing new American-style grants to promote private and corporate funding of the arts. "France is way behind other Western countries," said Francois Leotard, the minister of culture and communications. "It's time for the private sector to take the initiative." He has proposed bigger tax credits for companies supporting the arts and a system allowing the government to co-finance cultural activities with private companies or individuals.
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July 29, 1987 | Associated Press
A snag developed today in plans to renovate the Louvre Museum, which houses the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Finance Minister Edouard Balladur. The government announced that Balladur, sometimes referred to as "Louis XIV" in the French press for his magisterial manner, refuses to move from his lavish offices in the Louvre.
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July 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
The United States on Saturday announced the appointment of a special envoy to Macedonia, beefing up international efforts to prevent a new war from engulfing the Balkans. The U.S. Embassy in Skopje, the capital, said James Pardew would arrive today and work alongside European Union envoy Francois Leotard, who began work Thursday.
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November 13, 1987 | Times Wire Services
Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev said today he has been cleared to return to the Soviet Union for the first time since his 1961 defection so he can pay a brief visit to his mother. Nureyev was granted a 48-hour visa after intervention by French Culture Minister Francois Leotard, and an official from Leotard's Cabinet will accompany him, officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 1986
Three contemporary French dance companies have been scheduled to appear during the Los Angeles Festival, Sept. 3-27, 1987, French Minister of Culture and Communications Francois Leotard and Festival Director Robert J. Fitzpatrick announced recently at a press conference at the French Embassy. Monnier-Duroure (Mathilde Monnier and Jean-Francois Duroure) will present "Pudique Acide" and "Extasis," set to the music of Kurt Weill, and a premiere yet to be announced.
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