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Vivendi Revenues Up Despite French TV Struggles

In today’s Global Bulletin Vivendi’s 2020 finances are up 2.4%, the Young Artist Academy announces this year’s award recipients, All3Media picks up “A World of Calm,” West End Films sells “Rams” in key territories and Fremantle promotes Seb Shorr.

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In a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, Vivendi saw its consolidated revenues go up by 2.4% to €11.6 billion ($13.7 billion) during the first nine months of 2020, and up 1.3 % during the third quarter.

The group’s subscription-based activities, especially at Universal Music Group and to a lesser extent Canal Plus Group, have bolstered Vivendi’s revenues. Canal Plus Group’s revenues were up 6.6% for the first nine months of 2020 and up 7.3% for the third quarter of 2020. The company’s international activities grew a strong pace with revenues from international operations rising by 27.4%. The addition of 1.2 million subscribers around the world, and the integration

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French militant group, mosque to close after teacher slaying

President Emmanuel Macron says a domestic militant Islamist group was “directly implicated” in last week’s gruesome street beheading in a Paris suburb of a history teacher who had discussed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad with his class

PARIS — France’s president on Tuesday named a domestic militant Islamist group as “directly implicated” in last week’s gruesome street beheading in a Paris suburb of a teacher who had shown his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Emmanuel Macron said the group will be ordered dissolved Wednesday, when a mosque that relayed a denunciation of the teacher is also to shut.

A terror investigation is under way into the killing by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee, who was later shot dead by police. The killer has been identified by

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French Try Curfew to Avert Lockdown; Kurz’s Plea: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

The curfew in Paris and other French cities should help curb the coronavirus outbreak while averting the damage that comes from a lockdown, said Prime Minister Jean Castex.

Austria’s chancellor urged citizens to curb social contact and observe health measures to avoid a lockdown, echoing comments from Germany’s Angela Merkel a day earlier.

“If all of us do without private festivities, large gatherings, parties, we can slow down the spread and keep open schools, the economy, and large parts of social life,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.

Italy approved a draft budget that seeks extended measures to support the economy. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held talks Saturday about efforts to craft a stimulus package to help the world’s biggest economy. Victoria, the worst-hit state in Australia, announced an easing of restrictions.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 39.7 million; deaths exceed 1.1

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Decapitated French teacher warned not to show Prophet Muhammad images before ‘Islamist’ attack

PARIS — A student said he warned his teacher about showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, considered blasphemous by Muslims, days before he was decapitated on a Paris street in what French President Emmanuel Macron called an “Islamist terrorist attack.”

Martial Lusiela, 15, told NBC News he was “shocked” by Friday afternoon’s attack in the middle-class suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, north-west of the French capital.

“I didn’t expect a decapitation — it went too far,” he said, speaking shortly after the incident with the permission of his parents.

Neither the victim or the attacker, who police said was an 18-year-old of Chechen heritage, have been named by French authorities. The suspect was shot dead by police shortly after the attack.

On Saturday morning, floral tributes were laid outside the College Bois d’Aulne, where the victim, a man in his late 40s, taught. Others held signs saying, “I am a teacher.”

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