Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain and French embassy delegation attends opening ceremony of ‘Country Focus’ section in 53rd IFFI

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Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain and French embassy delegation attends opening ceremony of ‘Country Focus’ section in 53rd IFFI

“We are very enthusiastic about Film Bazaar, South Asia’s largest film market”

India being the largest movie industry in the world, we want to work together in co-production of Films: Ambassador of France to India

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21 NOV 2022 5:23PM by PIB Mumbai

#IFFIWood, 21 November 2022

The screening of movies from France which is the ‘Country of Focus’ in the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) started off today, with the screening of Emmanuel Carrère’s ‘Between Two Worlds’ (Ouistreham) at INOX, Goa today. The Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain was present along with a French embassy delegation of the Consul General of France in Bombay Mr. Jean-Marc Séré-Charlet, Counsellor for Education, Science & Culture and Director of French Institute India Mr. Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens and others. The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Ms. Neerja Shekhar felicitated the French Delegation in the opening ceremony of the first ‘Country Focus’ film this year.

The Ambassador of France Mr. Emmanuel Lenain introduced a French film delegation who are making a film on their ancestors who were officers in Napolean’s army and had come to India after defeat in the Battle of Waterloo to help Indian rulers fight against the British. In this context, Mr. Lenain said that this movie will reflect the long-lasting friendship between both the countries.

The French Ambassador said that it is a great honour for them to be invited as the ‘Country of Focus’ in IFFI. “We are enthusiastic about film bazaar, South Asia’s largest film market”, he said. He also expressed hope about the new projects emerging from their participation in the festival in Goa this year. 

“We feel that like India, we are also a great nation of cinema with more than 300 movies produced each year”, said the French Ambassador to India.

The Ambassador of France to India stated that, India being the largest movie industry in the world, they want to work together for films and do co-production together. Coproduction in France is a priority, he added. He further said that they will do everything possible to encourage coproduction.

He also stated that they want more movies to b shot in France, as it will enable them to show their country to the audience in India. He assured to help in making shooting in France seamless. He also said that there are good movie-making and animation schools in France.

Speaking on the connection between France and India in cinema, he mentioned about the contribution made by Lumière Brothers, who are regarded as the inventors of movie industry and how they came to Mumbai in 1896 and their first movie was screened at the Watson Hotel in the then Bombay.

He mentioned Indo-French joint production films like Lunchbox, Sir and others, which were outstanding successes. He also mentioned Chhello Show, India’s official entry to the 2023 Oscars which is an Indo-French co – production.


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Air France awarded 5 stars in APEX airline ratings


At the APEX/IFSA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Air France was certified for the first time as a 5-star airline in the official 2023 APEX airline ratings.

To draw up these ratings on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, over one million flights were rated by passengers from nearly 600 airlines worldwide. For Air France, this first place on the rating scale recognizes the comfort of its seats, the excellence of its cabin service, the quality of its catering offer, the wealth of in-flight entertainment and its connectivity service.

At the ceremony, Air France was also a finalist in the “IFSA Best Inflight Food or Beverage” category for its sustainable onboard experience. In terms of catering, by the end of 2022, Air France will offer 100% French meat, dairy and egg products on all its flights departing from Paris, as well as fish from sustainable fisheries. A vegetarian dish is also systematically offered and children’s and infant menus are prepared using organically grown products. To limit food waste, the airline also offers a pre-flight meal order service in the Business cabin on its entire long-haul network. Air France is also committed to recycling and eliminating 90% of single-use plastic on board its aircraft by the beginning of 2023, notably through the development of eco-designed on-board items.

In 2022, Air France also received the highest distinction for the second year running – the Diamond Award – in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying ranking. This ranking recognizes the best measures implemented by airlines in terms of health and safety on board. The company was also recognized for the quality of its health measures in its lounges at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Following comprehensive audits of the Air France Protect programme, which covers all the airline’s health measures on the ground and on board, APEX rewarded Air France’s commitment to making the health and safety of its customers and staff a top priority.

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) is a network of the world’s leading airlines, airports, alliances, suppliers, and related companies committed to elevating the air travel experience for passengers. The APEX Awards, held annually, is the first official airline rating programme based solely on passenger feedback. More than one million flights were rated by customers of nearly 600 airlines worldwide.

The International Flight Service Association (IFSA) is a global professional association created to serve the needs and interests of the onboard services industry.

Japan – F.C.C. TSR Honda France Fights Back to Win Second FIM Endurance World Championship Title

F.C.C. TSR Honda France, running second in the 2022 FIM* Endurance World Championship (EWC), made a comeback to win this year’s championship in the final round, the Bol d’Or 2022, held at Circuit Paul Ricard on September 17 – 18. The team has won the title for the second time, its first in the 2017-2018 season.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France kicked off its 2022 campaign with riders Josh Hook (29 years old, Australia), Geno Rea (33 years old, UK) and Mike Di Meglio (24 years old, France) on a Honda CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP.

In the season-opener, the 24 Heures Motos held at Le Mans, the team qualified third, and finished third. In Round 2, the 24H SPA EWC Motos, the team started fourth on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps grid, and although down to tenth place mid-race, made a dramatic comeback to fourth, and a last lap charge by Rea gave them third in the final results.

In Round 3, the Suzuka 8 Hours, held for the first time in three years, Rea crashed during free practice and was transported by helicopter to a hospital. Hook and Di Meglio was left to ride the eight-hour classic at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie. They qualified fourth, and although they faced numerous problems throughout the race, reclaimed places and finished tenth.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France headed into the final round, the Bol d’Or 2022, second overall, 23 points behind the series leader. Alan Techer (28 years old, France), one of the riders in the team’s previous victory in 2017-2018, stood in for Rea, in the hope that his experience will help them reclaim the title. The team started from fourth on the grid at 3:00 pm on the 17th. Two incidents sent their placing down to 28th, but consistent and determined riding brought the team back up to 4th place by the time the race ended at 3:00 pm on the 18th. As other championship contenders fail to complete the race, F.C.C. TSR Honda France won the overall championship.

Josh Hook | F.C.C. TSR Honda France
“I have learned from the past to never take a result for granted before the chequered flag. We have come back from complicated situations in the past and nothing is ever certain. Like everyone else, we did our race and never gave up. We did very well, all three of us were fast, especially at night. We were quickly no longer in a position to fight for victory, so we focused on the championship, which was clearly the priority goal. We chose to take care of the engine as much as possible to avoid the problems that most of our competitors have. And it’s done!”

Mike Di Meglio | F.C.C. TSR Honda France
“I’m very happy to finally be World Endurance Champion! I came so close with GMT94 and I’m really proud of this title after so many years of fighting for it. It was a really tough race. We had some problems and our opponents were forced to stop one after the other. When Tati Team #4 was fighting at the front, we decided to build up enough of a gap to our chaser to get out of trouble. But when they dropped down the rankings, we changed our strategy to preserve the engine as much as possible by shifting earlier on the straight. It was the best thing to do because the world championship was more important than a podium finish.”

Alan Techer | F.C.C. TSR Honda France
“It was a complicated race for everyone, we also had some mechanical problems. The team worked hard to reduce the time spent in the pits and, with my teammates, we did our best to respect the race plan. The objective was clearly the title, and after the Suzuki’s retirement, we battled with the Tati Team, my former team. This is a special emotion for me, because I win this title with the team that had already given me the chance to be champion in 2018. We also have a big thought for Gino to whom we dedicate this title.”

* FIM: Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme

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Air France launches its “Air France ACT”, programme presenting its new CO2 emissions reduction strategy


As part of its contribution to meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to below +2°C, the aviation industry must step up its environmental transition. For this reason, Air France is launching an “Air France ACT” programme setting out the airline’s new CO2 emissions reduction strategy.

This strategy is based on 3 priorities:

  • reduce in priority the direct emissions generated by Air France operations,
  • reduce indirect emissions, generated upstream and downstream of the company’s activities,
  • and in addition, support projects that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.

“Air France ACT” embodies the transparent, realistic and science-based approach adopted by the company to ensure its environmental transition through concrete and measurable actions.

Decarbonising aviation will be difficult and will take time. This process relies on close cooperation between the different stakeholders: aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, fuel suppliers, airports, air traffic control, public authorities, research institutes and academia. 

30% less CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2030 compared to 2019, i.e., 12% less emissions in absolute terms

The new decarbonisation trajectory targets a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2030 compared to 2019. This objective excludes so-called “offsetting” actions to consider measures that exclusively reduce direct and indirect emissions. It corresponds to a 12% reduction in the company’s total emissions between 2019 and 2030, in line with expected changes in activity, after a 6% reduction achieved between 2005 and 2019.

This trajectory is based on a scientific assessment method developed by the independent reference organisation SBTi (Science-Based Target initiative), to whom it was submitted. Founded by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact and the World Wildlife Fund, SBTi has set CO2 emission reduction targets for the air transport sector, compatible with the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to below +2°C.

Net-zero emissions by 2050

By 2050, Air France aims to achieve net-zero emissions, i.e., a drastic reduction in its CO2 emissions coupled with contributions to projects that will remove from the atmosphere a quantity of CO2 equivalent to residual emissions each year. The company is working to define a precise and verifiable decarbonisation trajectory for 2050, based on a set of hypotheses – notably concerning an evolution of traffic – which may vary. Therefore, this is an evolving process, guided by the ambition to be in line with the scientific benchmarks, as is the case for the trajectory for 2030.

Five priority actions to reduce and avoid CO2 emissions

To achieve these goals, Air France is activating all the decarbonisation mechanisms it has at its disposal –

  • Fleet renewal with new-generation aircraft ‑ Airbus A220, Airbus A350 – more fuel-efficient, emitting up to 25% less CO2, and a noise footprint reduced by 33% on average. By 2030, these aircraft will make up 70% of the Air France fleet compared to 7% currently thanks to an investment policy of one billion euros per year between now and 2025.
  • Increased use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which will reduce CO2 emissions by 80% on average over the fuel life cycle, and not create competition with food production. Since 2022 and in accordance with French regulations, Air France has been incorporating the equivalent of 1% sustainable aviation fuel on all its flights departing from France. By 2030, the company aims to incorporate at least 10% SAF on all its flights, and 63% in 2050.
  • Eco-piloting techniques: taxiing using only one of the engines whenever possible, optimised flight paths using artificial intelligence, continuous descent in cooperation with the air traffic control authorities, to name but a few. These initiatives, made possible by the efforts of Air France flight crews trained in these practices, reduce CO2 emissions by 2 to 3% on average over the year.
  • Introduction of a more responsible catering offer, to reduce the carbon footprint.  On board flights and in the lounges, Air France favours local, seasonal produce whenever possible. The company also offers customers a pre-selection of dishes before the flight in the long-haul Business cabin, as part of its active commitment to reducing food waste. In addition, by the end of 2022, Air France will have eliminated 90% of single-use plastics compared to 2018, after having replaced in 2019 plastic cups, cutlery and stirrers with sustainable alternatives.
  • Developing intermodal transport, to offer low-carbon transport alternatives for short distance journeys, notably within a reinforced partnership between Air France and SNCF. 

At the same time, Air France is changing, and its customers’ behaviour and relationship to travel is changing. Whether they aspire to show more restraint by travelling less often and staying for longer periods or combining business and leisure travel, Air France is committed to supporting them by giving them the means to act at their level, by notably investing in its sustainable aviation fuel programme beyond regulatory requirements.

To present Air France’s environmental strategy and all its commitments in greater detail, the company is launching a video campaign and dedicated website, “Air France ACT”, aimed at the general public, available in French and English versions –

The new generation is looking to us | Air France ACT

Canada – RT and RT France can no longer be distributed by Canadian television service providers

Today, the CRTC formally removed RT (previously known as Russia Today) and RT France from the list of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution in Canada.

Programming on RT and RT France is not consistent with Canadian broadcasting standards

March 16, 2022 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

Today, the CRTC formally removed RT (previously known as Russia Today) and RT France from the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution.

Further to a public consultation, the CRTC determined that the continued authorization to distribute RT and RT France is not in the public interest.  RT’s programming is not consistent with the standards against which Canadian services are measured nor the policy objectives set out in the Broadcasting Act. The CRTC is also concerned with programming from a foreign country that seeks to undermine the sovereignty of another country, demean Canadians of a particular ethnic background and undermine democratic institutions within Canada.

The Commission took into account the submissions and notes the seriousness of the allegations provided in the interventions. It also considered the reports of the actual situation in Ukraine, the current and escalating sanctions on Russia and Russian individuals, as well as the swift steps taken by other jurisdictions to pull the services.

Television service providers are authorized to distribute foreign television services in order to provide Canadians with a broad range of views and voices. These services are not licensed like Canadian services. However, the CRTC considers that non-Canadian news services should be held to the same standards in respect of their programming as Canadian services.

“Freedom of speech and a range of perspectives are a necessary part of our democracy. However, it is a privilege and not a right to be broadcast in Canada. Foreign channels can be removed from the authorized list should their programming not be consistent with the standards to which Canadian services are held, or their continued distribution no longer serves the public interest, as was the case for RT and RT France.”

“We would like to thank all those who submitted comments through this public consultation. We have heard Canadians concerns about RT’s programming. Your views are important to us and help the Commission in its decision making.”

Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, CRTC

On March 2, 2022, the CRTC received a request from the Governor in Council, further to section 15 of the Broadcasting Act, to determine whether RT and RT France should be removed from the list of non-Canadian services authorized in Canada.

In response to this request, the CRTC launched a public consultation on March 3, 2022.

The CRTC received a total of 373 interventions; 350 were in favour of removing RT and RT France from Canadian airwaves and 16 were for keeping it.

Prior to launching its review, the Commission had received several complaints from the Canadian public regarding the programming on RT and whether that programming is consistent with the policy objectives of the Broadcasting Act and with the Commission’s broadcasting regulations.

The scope of this proceeding was limited to RT and RT France. Even though many interveners submitted comments which applied broadly to Russian-state controlled and sponsored media, the Commission limited its examination to the services identified in the government’s request and the CRTC’s Notice of Consultation.

Even though Canadian television service providers had already removed RT from their channel lineup before the CRTC published its decision, they will no longer be allowed to offer RT and RT France as part of their services.

Canada is not the only country to have removed permission to distribute RT and RT France.  In March 2022, the EU banned RT and Sputnik from broadcasting in its member countries in response to the invasion and the service has been pulled from the airwaves in other countries such as Australia

RT is a Russian state-controlled international television network. The Commission authorized the distribution of Russia Today in Canada in 2009, and the distribution of RT France in 2020.