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The re­sort of Deauville in Nor­mandy gets its an­nual sprin­kling of Hol­ly­wood star­dust for the 43rd Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val from 1-10 Sep­tem­ber. More than 100 films, from block­busters to doc­u­men­taries and TV shorts, are shown round the clock in three venues: the In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre, the Lu­cien Bar­rière Casino and the Le Morny Cin­ema. In ad­di­tion to the screen­ings, Amer­i­can-themed events are held in the Fes­ti­val Vil­lage. A day pass costs €35. Tel: (Fr) 2 31 14 14 14 fes­ti­


Find a bar­gain or two at the Grande Braderie de Lille on the week­end of 2-3 Sep­tem­ber. More than two mil­lion vis­i­tors de­scend on the cap­i­tal of the Hauts-deFranc re­gion to browse 100 kilo­me­tres of stalls run by 10,000 traders, with an­tiques and sec­ond-hand books among the range of items for sale. The mar­ket’s lay­out has been re­designed this year to pro­vide more space for ven­dors and vis­i­tors. Tel: (Fr) 8 99 49 01 75


Pup­pets take cen­tre stage as the town of CharlevilleMéz­ières in the Grand-est re­gion holds its bi­en­nial

Fes­ti­val Mon­dial des Théâtres de Mar­i­onettes

from 16-24 Sep­tem­ber. The event high­lights the im­por­tant part pup­petry plays in many of the world’s cul­tures, with around 250 troupes of pup­peteers – glove, string and shadow –– per­form­ing in the­atres and on the streets. Tel: (Fr) 3 24 59 94 94 fes­ti­val-mar­i­on­


The At­lantic port of La Rochelle is the set­ting for the 20th Jazz entre les Deux Tours from 30 Sep­tem­ber to 7 Oc­to­ber. The fes­ti­val, which this year in­cludes a homage to Amer­i­can sax­o­phon­ist John Coltrane, wel­comes around 100 na­tional and in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians, rep­re­sent­ing all ma­jor trends in jazz. Con­certs, a num­ber of which are free, take place in a dozen venues, and other high­lights in­clude ed­u­ca­tional work­shops and pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tions. Tel: (Fr) 5 46 27 11 19 jazzen­tre­les­deux­

LEFT: A gi­ant pup­pet at the fes­ti­val in Charleville-méz­ières; BELOW: The Tour de la Chaîne and Tour Saint-nico­las at the har­bour in La Rochelle; BELOW LEFT: Stalls at the Grande Braderie in Lille

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