#MeToo movement scared powerful men, says Kruger

Diane Kruger
Updated 16 January 2018
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#MeToo movement scared powerful men, says Kruger

PARIS: Hollywood actress Diane Kruger said that the #MeToo movement had scared powerful men but she was afraid that change may be short-lived.
The German-born star, who won best actress in May at the Cannes film festival for “In the Fade” — which is hotly tipped for a best foreign movie Oscar nomination — told French television that she has never been paid as much as her male co-stars.
Yet she insisted that lasting change was only possible with men’s help.
Kruger said the progress made on harassment since the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal shook Hollywood might be illusory if the culture did not change with it.
“For now it is changing because men are scared,” said the actress. “Every day there is someone new who is denounced (as an abuser),” she told BFMTV. “However, I am afraid that in six months, or a year, or even 10 years we will be still hearing the same thing.”
“It has to stop — things have to change and everyone has to speak out so we can try to go forward, not only in terms of sexuality, but in the way we are paid.
“I have never been paid the same as the man I am playing opposite. That is not right,” she said. “We have got to be really vigilant, and women have to stick together for this cause.”
But Kruger, 41, said men needed to join with women if there is to be a real cultural change.


Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Updated 49 min 33 sec ago
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Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

  • The birds have been picking up litter on the site that features shows and rides themed around different periods of history
  • The black rooks were chosen for their intelligence and have been trained to take small items of litter to a special wooden box

PUY-DU-FOU, France: Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.
The birds have been in action since Monday at the Puy du Fou park, picking up litter on the site that features shows and rides themed around different periods of history.
The black rooks, a member of the crow family, were chosen for their intelligence and have been trained to take small items of litter to a special wooden box in exchange for a tasty nugget of bird food for each deposit.
There have been some instances of cheating, however, with some of the crows attempting to steal rubbish from others to win the rewards.
“It’s ecological, it’s practical and it’s fun to see,” Swiss tourist Dorothee Haefliger told AFP.
The managers of the park say the experiment is designed to make visitors more aware about litter.
“We can see litter here on the car park and the crows are picking it up,” Christophe Gaborit, who is in charge of falconry at the park, told AFP.
He stood holding the wooden box and dispensing the bird food for each piece of collected rubbish.
“That’s not normal. It’s up to us, humans, to take care of it. That’s the ultimate message,” he added.
He said that he had always loved rooks, adding that they are under-appreciated birds.
“People see it differently, so that makes me happy,” he said. “We’ve changed its image and that’s really interesting.”