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by Peter Knegt
May 8, 2013 11:00 AM
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Gilles Jacob Stepping Down As Cannes President

Thierry Fremaux and Gilles Jacob.

A week ahead of opening night of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, festival president Gilles Jacob has announced he will step down from his post in 2015 -- that's 38 years after joining the festival in 1977.

"J'ai promis plusieurs fois à ma femme d'arrêter," Jacob told the Nice-Matin. "Cette fois je vais le faire." That translates roughly into: "I promised my wife several times I’d stop. This time, I'll do it."

The 83 year-old is credited with creating the Camera d'Or prize as well as the Un Certain Regard and Cinefondation sidebars. His third-to-last Cannes Film Festival runs May 15-26.