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Catherine Démier at the Cannes festival

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The trio in charge of the fate of the Cannes Festival is now complete with the nomination yesterday of Catherine Démier as director general, replacing Véronique Cayla, who last June became head of the National Film Centre (CNC).

Born on the 11th September 1957 at Maisons-Laffitte, Catherine Démier, graduate of the National Administration School (ENA), was, notably, from July 1997 to March 2000, director of finances, of rules, forecasting and information at CNC before working for two years as cinema and audiovisual advisor to the office of Catherine Tasca, Minister of Culture and Communication. Since February 2002, Catherine Démier held the post as secretary general of the Cour des Comptes. She takes up her post at the Cannes Festival on the 10th October, in charge of certain aspects of the stewardship of the most famous cinematographic event in the world, alongside president (Gilles Jacob) and artistic director (Thierry Frémeau). Her baptism of fire will be the 59th edition of the Cannes Film Festival (17th – 28th May 2006).

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(Translated from French)

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