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Cannes Film Festival a ‘gamechanger’ for French directors

The 75th Cannes Film Festival has opened, with more than 100 films being shown in the official selection. The event is good news for the local economy and an essential stop for many in the entertainment world. For Daniela Elstner, the executive director of Unifrance, an organisation that promotes French cinema worldwide, Cannes can be a "gamechanger" for filmmakers. She explains that "the destiny of hundreds of films is negotiated at the festival". Also in the programme, we look at whether streaming platforms such as Netflix have reached their peak.

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IMF concludes ‘constructive’ bailout talks with Sri Lanka as protests continue

The International Monetary Fund has concluded 'constructive' talks with the government of Sri Lanka over a possible bailout. The island is facing its worst economic crisis on record, and there have been days of protests over food, fuel, and medicine shortages. Also in the show – why France is faring better than its neighbours when it comes to inflation, and a report from France 24's Madrid correspondent Sarah Morris about the Spanish companies suffering from a diplomatic spat with Algeria.

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How a lugworm could help organ transplants

A French biotech firm is hoping that the unique properties of lugworms, which can survive for hours without breathing, could be used to help improve the success rate of organ transplants in humans.

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Hit the road: Citroën CEO on electric car market, supply challenges

Semiconductor shortages will "still be a hurdle" for the car industry throughout the rest of 2022, Citroën CEO Vincent Cobée tells FRANCE 24. But he thinks 2023 could be a turning point. In the last 18 months, the EU has seen a "substantial acceleration" towards electric vehicles – Cobée says the adoption is "quicker than we expected some years ago". Nevertheless, he admits the 2035 target for phasing out petrol and diesel cars is "a very ambitious bet that requires a very substantial amount of investment", including in the charging infrastructure across the bloc.

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