Paris-basher Johansson to get French ‘Oscar’

Actress Scarlett Johansson is to be awarded an honorary French Oscar - just weeks after she denounced residents of her new home Paris as "terribly rude".

Paris-basher Johansson to get French 'Oscar'
Last month Johansson created a stir with an appearance on the David Letterman show in which she suggested that Parisians were "rude". Photo: J MacDougall/AFP

The American star, who is engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac, will receive her "Cesar" at French cinema's annual gala awards ceremony in the capital on February 28th.

Johansson, 29, is being recognized for a career in which she has already made nearly 35 films, having first come to the world's attention as a 14-year-old in Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer".

She has gone on to work with the likes of the Coen brothers, directors Brian de Palma and Christopher Nolan and become a muse of Woody Allen, with whom she has made three films, "Match Point", "Scoop" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona".

It is her off-screen activities that have made headlines recently however.

Last month, she created a stir with an appearance on the David Letterman show in which she suggested that Parisians fully deserved their reputation for a certain deficiency in the politeness department.

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"Of course when I first got there I thought people were not that whole kind of rude Parisian thing," she said on the US chat show. "You know, people aren't rude they are wonderful.

"Well that was before I was a mainstay there and then people decided that once I wasn't going away they could just be really terribly rude to me."

Johansson also hit the news when she was forced to relinquish her role as an ambassador for British charity Oxfam after it said it was incompatible with her appearance in commercials for SodaStream, an Israeli company which has production facilities on illegally occupied Palestinian territory.

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Macron: ‘Vaccinated Americans should be able to travel to France this summer’

French president Emmanuel Macron says he hopes that Americans who have had the Covid vaccine will be able to travel to France this summer - after more than a year in which travel to France from the USA has been heavily restricted.

Macron: 'Vaccinated Americans should be able to travel to France this summer'
Photo: Kenzo Tribaullard/AFP

In an interview with the American news channel CBS, the president says that he hopes the ban on most travel from the USA – which has been in place since March 2020 – can be lifted this summer.

He said: “We will progressively lift the restrictions [in France] from the beginning of May, which means that we will organise in the summer time with our professionals in France for French European citizens, but as well for American citizens”.

The president made it clear that travel will likely be allowed, “especially for US citizens who are vaccinated, so with a special pass, I would say.”

For the past year travel into France from the US has only been allowed for ‘essential reasons’ which has ruled out visits from American second-home owners and made many family visits impossible.

“The idea is to offer travel to the American citizen when they decide to be vaccinated or with a negative PCR test” Macron clarified, “so the idea is to always control the virus, to maximise the vaccination, and to progressively lift the restrictions.”

France is currently battling a third wave of Covid cases, driven by new variants, and is under a ‘partial lockdown’ with limits on travel, shopping and socialising. However Macron said that he aims to begin reopening some parts of the country from mid May.

The French government is expected to announce a more detailed programme for reopening at the end of April.

Additionally, Macron told the Face the Nation programme that the country’s vaccine rollout is steadily progressing due to production increase.

European ‘health passports’ are also on the horizon, with Thierry Breton, head of the European Commission task force, last month claiming he hopes the continent will have a summer “comparable to last year.”

Discussions on the vaccine passports are ongoing, but it is likely that they will have provision for either a vaccination certificate or a negative Covid test.

For full details on the restrictions currently in place on travel into France from EU and non-EU countries, head to our Travelling to France section.