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At 50, Cannes still can't quite make up its mind whether it wants to be a grande dame or a media tart. Tonight a glittering assembly of as many former Golden Palm winners who are able and care to attend will celebrate the Festival's official half-century (Ingmar Bergman obstinately declined to budge from his island retreat to receive an honorary gong). But, with nearly 4,000 accredited journalists in town - nearly double last year's figure - for the humbler among us, the main business of the day consists of fighting our way along the narrow pavements and even, with a good deal of luck, into the screenings.

Postcard from Cannes

'I don't think there is anybody whose life hasn't been affected in some way or other by an ism," Gary Oldman mumbled into his microphone at the press conference for his directorial debut, Nil By Mouth. The assembled hacks in the Palais du Cinema listened attentively as the cadaverous-faced actor described his personal battle with alcoholism and how it affected his approach to the film, a bleak, semi-autobiographical South London tale. Ironically, even as Oldman was detailing his problems with the bottlle, the police were busy rounding up any drunks who had the temerity to wander near the Croisette. One emaciated old soak on crutches was bundled into a police car and driven away. He tried to protest, but the gendarmes paid no heed. Nor did any of the festival-goers or tourists.

Britain's Cannes virgins bluff their way into the big time

"It's the five o'clock scramble," explained Harriet Bass, chief executive of the New Producers' Alliance, which has 300 members in Cannes, many of them film makers selling their movies there for the first time.

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Forget crippling strikes, allegations of corruption and social turmoil. The French political establishment was reeling yesterday after the shock decision of an appeal court gave Belgian surrealists licence to continue their violent attacks on politicians - using cream tarts as ammunition.

Inside Parliament: Cannes tax-cut promise beached

Kenneth Clarke, the Chancellor, yesterday distanced himself from tax promises made by John Major three weeks ago as he tried to bolster his prospects in the Tory leadership contest.

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