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The French have always had a love-hate relationship with Hollywood. In the '80s, prickly culture minister Jack Lang complained about American "cultural imperialism" even as his fellow countrymen expressed adulation for American filmmakers ranging from Jerry Lewis to Woody Allen.
But last week, France's present culture minister, Frederic Mitterrand, came to Hollywood with a more practical agenda: to tubthump Gaul's recently enacted tax credits for film production and encourage U.S. filmmakers to shoot there.
The trip was overdue, said Mitterrand, who's been in office since 2009. The last culture minister to make an official visit to …