This International Film Festival was created by a French Minister of Education and Fine Arts who was keen to establish an international cultural event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival. Today, more than 30,000 professionals from all over the world meet at the festival. The festival is a social as much as a professional event and hundreds of thousands of guests enjoy the atmosphere. Worth a trip even if it's just to star spot. There's also an open-air cinema on the beach showing Cannes classics: get tickets from the Cannes Tourist Office. The 69th Festival de Cannes will take place from 11 to 22 May, 2016.
Mid-May: Festival Medieval de Sedan
Sedan Castle is one of the great European castles and is a worthy host for the thousands of people who come here to experience the atmosphere of the Middle Ages for this medieval festival. Traditional banquets, fairs, tournaments, wrestling competitions and sword duels await festivalgoers. Check the festival website for dates.
*Culled from www.expatica.com