dictates. The exclusion follows months of protests by leading figures and trade bodies in the French film industry – “The Artist” star and director Berenice Bejo and Michel Hazanavicius, and recent Oscar winner Michael Haneke, for example – supported by filmmakers outside France in Europe. Without a cultural exception, trade agreements could limit the ability of E.U. countries to strengthen protectionist measures, or introduce new incentives or quotas in a digital environment. French film honchos argue it is better for Hollywood to enjoy a smaller share of a larger market.
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