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Where Are The Women? Cannes Film Festival vs. New French Government

PREMIERE (France)

CANNES - Marilyn Monroe will unfortunately be the only woman to be in the spotlight during the Cannes Film Festival this year. Indeed, every single one of the 22 movies competing for the Palme d'Or was directed by a man. As is often the case, women's only role will be to present the opening and closing ceremonies, led by actress Bérénice Bejo.

The feminist action group "La Barbe" strongly denounced the situation: "The Cannes Film Festival shows once more that men like women's depth only when it concerns their cleavage," the association said, Première magazine reports. Jane Campion, we may recall, is the only woman ever to win a Palme d'Or, in 1993, for The Piano.

Thierry Frémaux, managing director of the Festival, answered the criticism by saying that the poor representation of women in the cinema is a topic that should be discussed all year round, and not only now. "The cause of women should be defended prior to Cannes, which only reflects the reality of the cinema industry."

Maybe the Cannes Film Festival could learn a lesson from the newly installed French government, which counts exactly the same number of men and women cabinet ministers. It fulfills a campaign promise of just elected President François Hollande for gender parity in the allotment of ministry posts.

Still, it should be noted that most of the high-profile ministries are led by men. Christiane Taubira, a former candidate to the 2002 presidential election, is the only woman to have a top position, heading the Justice Ministry. Education, Economy, Labor and Foreign ministries are all occupied by men. Nevertheless, a Ministry for Women's Rights has been created -- to be headed by Najat Vallaud Belkacem, a 35-year-old ... woman.

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It's A Golden Era For Russia-Turkey Relations — Just Look At The Numbers

On the diplomatic and political level, no world leader speaks more regularly with Vladimir Putin than his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. But the growing closeness of Russia and Turkey can also be measured in the economic data. And the 2022 numbers are stunning.

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Erdogan and Putin last summer in Sochi, Russia

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ISTANBUL — As Russia has become increasingly isolated since the invasion of Ukraine, the virtual pariah state has drawn notably closer to one of its remaining partners: Turkey.

Ankara has committed billions of dollars to buy the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system, and contracted to Russia to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant. The countries’ foreign policies are also becoming increasingly aligned.

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But the depth of this relationship goes much further. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin more than any other leader: 16 times in 2022, and 11 times in 2021. Erdoğan has visited Russia 14 times since 2016, compared to his 10 visits to the U.S. in the same time period (half of which were in 2016 and 2017).

But no less important is the way the two countries are increasingly tied together by commerce.

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