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Eye On France: France On The Move

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(CNN) -- CNN International is showing a special week of programming from Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th June.

Eye On France: France On The Move Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th June. Weekday reports from Paris at 0700 - 0900; 2100 - 2130; 2200 - 2230; and 2300-2400 all CET

As both the French and the international community reflect on Nicolas Sarkozy's first year in power, CNN International's "Eye On.." strand decamps to some of France's most iconic landmarks to put the nation under the spotlight as it redefines its place on the world stage.

The week of programming is hosted by CNN's Hala Gorani, Fionnuala Sweeney and Jim Bittermann who are out and about on France's streets to bring viewers a selection of live reports and packages exploring the country's role in the international community from global relations to diplomacy and business.

As part of the week's output, CNN is launching a major audience initiative to hear from viewers, including French people living in France and abroad, on what defines the nation today. Those interested in submitting a comment or video on France and the French should visit, and selected comments will be used in CNN's on-air coverage.

The Screening Room Xtra Saturday 7th June at 1500 and 1900; Sunday 8th June at 1000; Thursday 12th June at 1000 all CET

Like a fine baguette on the Croissette, "The Screening Room" is about to become longer, fresher and crisper as CNN launches "The Screening Room Xtra."

The first edition brings viewers up to date with the action from Cannes, including a report on the winner of the Palm D'Or. The team follows two first-time Cannes visitors as they take their films to the Croisette, and also takes a look at the other sides of Cannes -- where billionaire Bollywood businessmen compete for attention alongside the fashion houses of Europe.

Filmmakers are also offered the opportunity to put questions to renowned director Spike Lee. The Screening Room Xtra presents news, exclusive podcasts, extended interviews and behind-the-scenes images of Myleene Klass and the team at work in Cannes.

My City_My Life: Paris Saturday 7th June at 1515 and 1915; Sunday 8th June at 1015; Thursday 12th June at 1015 all CET

This month My City_My Life travels to Paris to see city life through a director's lens. Film director, actor and writer Mathieu Kassovitz takes viewers on a moped-ride through the streets of Paris, from the urban sprawl that defined his film La Haine to the landscapes and snapshots that inspired Amelie's world.

On his journey, Kassovitz, a man of Hungarian ancestry, explains what it means to be truly Parisian and describes the reassurance he gets from living in a city where people question everything. His tour takes in the streets of his old neighbourhood, the tawdry sex shops of Pigalle and the picturesque views of Montmartre. Kassovitz says: "I remember when I used to live in LA, I could only stay three months and I had to come back to Paris. As soon as I was off the plane and got into a taxi, I would start to argue - and as soon as we would start to argue about something or just argue against each other, I would feel 'ah... the energy's coming back to me, that's life.'"

France On The Move Sunday 8th June at 2000; Monday 9th June at 1200 and 2100 all CET


The week culminates in a debate -- "France On The Move" -- filmed at the Senate in the French capital with luminaries from the worlds of media, sport, politics and film including director, writer and producer Luc Besson; CEO of Publicis Maurice Levy; professional tennis player Amelie Mauresmo; minister of economy, industry and employment Christine Lagarde; and France 3 news presenter Marie Drucker.

Hala Gorani hosts the debate and will discuss the overarching themes from the week's coverage with the distinguished panel of speakers.

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