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French celebs line up for the candidates

Care of La Tribune, filleted to include only people of at least some international renown.


Bernard Tapie (former owner of Olympic Marseilles)
Jean Reno
Gérard Depardieu
Alain Delon
Alain Prost
Henri Leconte
Roger Hanin - Mitterand's brother in law....


Yannick Noah
Jeanne Moreau
Emmanuel Béart
Youssou N'dour
Mazarine Pingeot - Mitterand's wrong side of the bed daughter...


No one I've ever heard of


Ken Loach

Overall, I'm not sure which is worse - politicians whoring after celebrity endorsements, or said celebs thinking it right and proper that they should influence elections. Perhaps politicians will repay the compliment by giving their considered opinions on the rights and wrongs of the long ball game, The Method and more pertinently, whether Mitterand is the most appalling human being to lead a Western Democracy since '45.


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Anonymous verity said... 2:50 pm

Perhaps M LePen, Sarko and others could take up reviewing in their spare time. For example, Sego could review Depardieu's latest movie.

OTOH, the British (the Redgraves - all of them) and Americans (Streisand, Susan Sarandon, Tom Hanks, Danny Glover, George Clooney blah blah blah) have had the political game all to themselves for ages. About time the French got in on the fun 25 years later.

Nice to see that Sarko has the best line-up on his team. Depardieu may well be the world's least funny comic actor, but at least he could count for two.

Sego's got a major smoker and a muslim. Not a strong lineup at the starting gate IMHO.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:56 pm

I will always think of Moreau as the star of 'La Vie Drearieuse', an archetypal French film cooked up by Joe Queenan (I think)  

Anonymous verity said... 3:00 pm

Only the French would go and see a film with that title. I assume that Moreau was in it and smoked a lot?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:07 pm

I'm sure it was packing 'em in at The Gaumont for weeks.

Reminds me of the old joke asking why all the sights in Venice are named after defunct London cinemas and the like.  

Anonymous this guy said... 4:22 pm

Who the f~~~ is Jean Reno?
Surely J'hnny is for Sharko.
And Fransois Pays-bas for Wendolene.

Andreotti is arguably more sinister than Mitterand.  

Blogger dearieme said... 4:32 pm

There aren't all that many famous Froggies these days, are there?  

Blogger Guthrum said... 4:58 pm

All politicos need a bit of glam, even Mrs T got Kenny Everett, and he really got the faithful going !  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:42 pm

Jean Reno - yer man in Leon and Ronin, inter alia. I believe Johnny is indeed for Sarko, but what with his tax arrangements, they are probably keeping that one quiet.

Who else? Well, Bardot, Deneuve, Ardant and that gamine woman in Amelie. Is Belmondo still alive? Much of the Arsenal team, 'Nicole' from the Renault ads, sundry Cousteaus, Matthieu Kassovitz and plenty more I'm too punchdrunk to think of right now.  

Anonymous verity said... 5:52 pm

They ought to have given Jeanne Moreau's cigarettes billing in the credits. They were prominent players in all her movies.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:03 pm

And here she is, in desperate need of un cendrier.  

Anonymous verity said... 6:34 pm

My goodness, I have actually never seen a picture of a young Jeanne Moreau before. She was very pretty!

I've only ever seen her in one movie - Baie des Anges. I saw it in a rerun, or perhaps on TV. I loved it. I've forgotten who the male star was. Just Jeanne Moreau and the cigarettes.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:45 pm

I can only recall seeing her in an absolutely dire American film from maybe 10 years, but it had the divine Ms Sean Young in it, so it was not all bad.

The male lead in Baie des Anges looks to have been Claude Mann. More here  

Anonymous verity said... 7:15 pm

A great soundtrack by Michel LeGrand. A lot of piano work as they drove down those curving roads in Monacco. Actually, it's the only French movie I've ever seen that I've liked.  

Anonymous hg said... 7:55 pm

Jules et Jim. And Le tourbillon. Take a hankie - the finest of novelle vague.  

Anonymous verity said... 8:54 pm

I have had a lifetime aversion to watching Jules et Jim because a woman I couldn't stand, in a mjor way, said it was her all-time favourite film.  

Anonymous nomad said... 3:34 am

Mr C: Am I wrong or wasn't Monsieur Tapie done for fraud or embezzlement or match fixing or similar and banned from the game for a while? Or am I confusing him with someone else? If it was him, he is hardly a ringing endorsement to have on your team I would have thought  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:10 am

Nomad, yes, Tapie has spent time in prison.

Back on French films, can I get a witness for 'Jour de fête'?  

Blogger james higham said... 12:47 pm

Keep on with this one, Croydonian. You know it's one of my themes but you seem to have the 'in' on the info.  

Anonymous Ellee said... 7:06 am

The French are effortlessly elegant, how do they do it. I think Sarko is in the lead here.

I will add this link to my post on the French elections, did you see the hilarious video clips?

Have a very happy Easter Croydonian.  

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