My Weird Week on La Croisette
Saturday 21 May 2011
*Mohamed al-Fayed was set to promote Keith Allen's unlawfully bad documentary Unlawful Killing, about the death of Princess Diana.
The night before its screening, he pulled out, citing "business commitments", leaving Allen to pick up the pieces. This was unfortunate, since Allen spends much of his documentary criticising hacks.
*Danish director Lars von Trier thought he was cheering up the world by telling it he was a Nazi when promoting Melancholia. He may have been joking; the festival saw otherwise. He is now not allowed within 100 metres of the Palais des Festivals.
*Jonathan King, the disgraced music producer, was promoting his new film Me Me Me. King was spotted wearing a sparkly Union Jack jacket on the Croisette, in a self-anointed role as national ambassador. He was reportedly a hit with the French.
*Nicolas Sarkozy had the mother of all breaks when The Conquest, the less-than-flattering film about his life, screened the week a global scandal broke out about another high-profile, French public figure.
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- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 4 Bob Geldof offers to take four refugee families into his home 'immediately' as he condemns humanitarian crisis as a ‘f**king disgrace'
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
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The Lobster trailer: Colin Farrell has 45 days to find a lover or he'll be turned into an animal
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees