Stars to wear #MeToo white ribbons at 'French Oscars'

French director Tonie Marshall, the brainchild behind the white ribbon idea to support a French foundation that works to stop violence against women, at the Cesars. Photo: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

PARIS – Stars attending the "French Oscars" – the Cesars – on Friday will wear a white ribbon in protest at violence against women, organisers said.

"We are all going to wear white ribbons," Alain Terzian, the head of the French Academy told AFP on Tuesday after actors and directors at the Golden Globes and the British Bafta awards wore black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement.

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The Berlin film festival, which wrapped up at the weekend, also came under pressure to replace its red carpet with a black one in support of victims of sexual harassment in Hollywood after the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

The Cesars sparked feminist fury last year by inviting controversial Franco-Polish director Roman Polanski to preside over the awards before he was forced to pull out.

The veteran filmmaker – who has been accused of sexual assault by several women – is wanted in the United States for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Terzian said the Franco-American actress and director Tonie Marshall came up with the white ribbon idea to support a French foundation that works to stop violence against women.

"We will all wear the ribbon with conviction and determination," he added.

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French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen said film producers had a huge "responsibility to fight stereotypes, discrimination and harassment" both on camera and behind it.

She said only one in five feature films subsidised by the French state every year is made by women.

The situation is Hollywood is even worse, with only seven percent of the top 250 films in 2016 directed by women.



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