France Bows To Stage Director Patrice Chereau, Dead At 68

Exports of soft wheat jumped to 1.78 million metric tons in the month from 1.45 million tons in August 2012, trade data published by the government today showed. Shipments more than doubled from 828,526 tons in July. France exported 17.1 million tons of soft wheat in 2012-13 as well as 1.59 million tons of the harder durum variety used to make pasta and couscous. That made the country the worlds fourth-biggest wheat shipper behind the U.S., Australia and Canada , based on International Grains Council estimates. Algeria was the biggest client for French soft wheat in August, with deliveries rising 39 percent to 728,140 tons. That was the biggest monthly volume shipped to the North African country since at least 1988, Eurostat data show. Algeria is Africas second-largest wheat importer behind Egypt , according to the IGC. Soft-wheat exports to Belgium , Frances second-biggest destination in August, rose 2 percent to 130,419 tons, while shipments to the U.K. surged 79 percent to 83,647 tons. Durum wheat shipments were little changed from a year earlier at 88,835 tons, barley exports dropped 11 percent to 486,718 tons and corn cargoes rose 7.4 percent to 435,429 tons. To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at

Cabaye feared for his France future during summer

Then in 1976, when the French conductor Pierre Boulez asked him to direct Wagner’s “Ring” cycle of operas at the legendary festival in Bayreuth, Chereau made his unforgettable debut on the international opera scene. His adaptation of Wagner’s Nordic myths as a 19th-century drama of capitalist exploitation of workers met with raucous boos at its debut. But at the end of its final presentation in 1980, the audience saluted him with an hour and a half of exuberant applause. “We always worked together with a lot of passion,” Boulez said after learning that Chereau, whom he called “the only director I wanted to work with”, had died. “What made his work stand out was the extreme precision with which he created a character out of the slightest figure,” he told Le Monde. “I always felt confident with Chereau – when he wanted to try something out, I always told him ‘yes’.” Chereau also turned his talents to the cinema, producing films while he also worked in theatre and opera. His first efforts in the 1970s were not critically acclaimed. But he won a Cesar, the French equivalent of the Oscars, for best screenplay in 1983 for “L’homme blesse” (The Wounded Man). In 1994, his film “La Reine Margot” (Queen Margot) won the Jury Prize and best actress prizes at the Cannes festival. Five Cesars followed the next year. His 2001 film “Intimite” (Intimacy) won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin Film Festival. Chereau credited his parents with stirring his interest in art, especially drawing.

Asked if he had been worried about his future with France, Cabaye replied frankly. “Yes, of course, things change so quickly. Even when you’re in (the squad) there are no guarantees you’ll stay,” he said. “It’s better to be called up as often as possible rather than staying at home for whatever reasons. I’m full of determination and confidence and hope to be in the team on Friday and Tuesday.” He has not played a full 90 minutes since the penultimate game of last season for Newcastle. “But I’ve trained a lot. I feel good, I lost weight over the summer and I’m ready to play,” he said. “Maybe not 90 minutes in both games, but I feel good. I played most of the game at the weekend.” Newcastle coach Alan Pardew accused Arsenal of showing a lack of respect by lodging a bid for Cabaye only hours before his team’s opening Premier League game against on Aug. 19 – a 4-0 loss against Manchester City. Cabaye missed it because Pardew said he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play, and he only made his first appearance as a substitute at home to Fulham 12 days later, amid reports that he had refused to train. Some fans jeered him when he came on, although others backed him. “My feelings haven’t changed. What happened at Newcastle … their (the fans’) feelings corresponded to what (message) the club wanted to get across as well.

France will put Socceroos to the test, says midfielder

Photo: Getty Images Dario Vidosic says it’s too early to start thinking about World Cup selection, but the midfielder is confident he is coming into his prime at the right time for the Socceroos. Australia is preparing for its friendly against France in Paris on Saturday (6am AEDT), followed by a fixture against Canada in London next week. Vidosic has 18 national caps to his name, but believes a move to Switzerland this year has helped take his game to a new level. The 26-year-old is looking to capitalise on his strong form for FC Sion and is confident the rigours of European football has him best prepared to step up as a key man for a young Socceroos squad. ”It’s another level and one you look forward to, playing against the best a country has to offer. I’m definitely ready for the challenge.” Vidosic said the French presented a great opportunity for Australia to test itself against world-class opposition. The Croatian-born midfielder believes it would be dangerous to start thinking too far ahead to World Cup selection but understands the importance of taking every chance to impress coach Holger Osieck. ”It would be a dream come true but not thinking too much about that at the moment,” he said. ”You know straight away with the players France have that it’s going to be a great test these are the challenges you love as a footballer and to take another step towards Brazil.” France coach Didier Deschamps knows its likeliest route to the World Cup is via the playoff, and that means a win against Australia can help its chances of getting to Brazil. With Spain in a commanding position, France has almost no chance of topping European Group I, meaning the playoff for second-placed teams is beckoning next month. AP