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Jean Dujardin in "The Artist," a successful and Oscar-nominated French film.
Jean Dujardin in "The Artist," a successful and Oscar-nominated French film.
(Handout/The Weinstein Company)

France has its box office cake (and taxes it, too)

It’s official: the French would rather watch American movies. Last year, French films captured less than a third of the tickets sold at cinemas in France and the market share of the indigenous movie industry is deteriorating while American action movies are getting more bottoms on seats, according to the latest figures from Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animée. The struggle by French film producers to withstand a cultural war of attrition from Hollywood will sound familiar in Canada but recent efforts by the French government to erect a regulatory Maginot line against the advance of American commerce and culture are probably mistaken.