#MeToo and the sad spectacle of the Cannes Film Festival

France — Opinion

The 76th Cannes Film Festival opened on Tuesday amid controversy over two films presented at the annual cinema event – one marking the return of Johnny Depp, the other dogged by accusations of on-set harassment and abuse – and silence over recent sexual violence allegations against actor Gérard Depardieu. In this co-authored op-ed article, Lénaïg Bredoux and Marine Turchi argue that the festival is a further illustration of how the French cinema industry obstinately continues to resist feminist struggles.

French journalists denounce sexual harassment and rape in media industry

France — Link

More journalists are taking to social media to denounce the harassment, intimidation and abuse they say they’ve suffered in the industry. 

French commentator Éric Zemmour accused of sexual violence against women

France — Investigation

On April 24th 2021 a female councillor publicly accused French journalist and polemicist Éric Zemmour of having forcibly kissed her. Mediapart has gathered the accounts of several other women who have also condemned the actions and behaviour of the journalist from Le Figaro newspaper and CNews news channel, whom some on the far-right want to be a candidate in next year's presidential election in France. When approached by Mediapart, Zemmour declined to respond to the allegations. Lénaïg Bredoux, David Perrotin and Marine Turchi report.

French #MeToo founder wins ‘historic’ defamation appeal

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French journalist Sandra Muller, who coined the viral hashtag #balancetonporc ("expose your pig"),  had been sued by the man she accused of sexual harassment.

Adèle Haenel: France ‘missed the boat’ on #MeToo

France — Link

The first high-profile actress to speak out over abuse in the country’s movie business says France must do more to help sexual assault victims.

Sandra Muller, France's #MeToo creator, fined for defamation

France — Link

Sandra Muller was ordered to pay €20,000 in damages and fees to ex-TV boss Éric Brion, who she said had flirted with her inappropriately.

How the creator of French version of #MeToo ended up in Paris court


French journalist Sandra Muller, the creator of the French equivalent of the MeToo hashtag, appeared in a court in Paris on Wednesday May 29th, accused of defaming Éric Brion, the former director general of the French TV racing channel Equidia. The case turns on a Tweet sent by the journalist accusing Brion of inappropriate behaviour. Christophe Gueugneau reports.

Woman behind France’s #MeToo movement in court for defamation

France — Link

Sandra Muller, a New-York based French journalist, sent a tweet on October 13th, 2017 in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

A year on: why the French #MeToo movement has lagged behind its US counterpart

France — Investigation

The different ways in which the two countries have reacted to the #MeToo movement has been striking. In the United States there was a strong and powerful response whereas in France there has been a backlash, in some quarters. To find out why France has been slower to embrace this movement, which began a year ago, Mediapart asked women who had supported or led the campaign on this side of the Atlantic. Marine Turchi reports.

French film director Luc Besson faces new claims of sexual violence

France — Investigation

On July 6th 2018, a former casting director wrote to the Paris public prosecutor claiming she had been 'sexually assaulted' by the acclaimed French film director and producer Luc Besson. This follows allegations of rape detailed in a formal complaint on May 18th by the actress Sand Van Roy against Besson, and a further complaint by Van Roy on July 6th. After an investigation lasting several months, Mediapart can reveal the stories of several women who describe sexually inappropriate behaviour by Besson, best known for blockbuster films such as 'Nikita', ‘The Big Blue’, 'Leon', ‘The Fifth Element’, and more recently 'Lucy', and who has vehemently denied all the allegations against him. Marine Turchi, Lénaig Bredoux and Geoffrey Le Guilcher report.

Brigitte Bardot joins critics of #MeToo movement

International — Link

The retired, once prominent French actress, 83, told Paris Match magazine many screen stars complaining of sexual harassment are 'hypocritical and ridiculous' in their claims and often practice 'the tease with producers to get a role'.

Deneuve denounces 'puritanism' of anti sexual harassment campaign

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The actress and 99 other women signed an article in Le Monde in which they said parts of the campaign had been fuelled by 'hatred of men'.