French film legend Deneuve wins Japan’s top art prize

The veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve was awarded one of the world's most lucrative arts prizes Wednesday. The star of such classics as "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and "Belle de Jour", who made her name in the 1960s playing aloof, alluring beauties, is one of three French people honoured by this year's Praemium Imperiale, which is backed by Japan's royal family. Deneuve, 74, sparked a worldwide feminist backlash earlier this year by defending men's right to "hit on" women in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. She later tried to row back on an open letter attacking the #MeToo movement she co-signed in the French daily Le Monde, insisting that there was not "anything good about harassment". Every year five international artists are honoured with the Praemium Imperiale prize worth 15 million yen (117,000 euros, $137,000). The French Pritzker-winning architect

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