BEIRUT: French actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made headlines worldwide, opened the Beirut International Film Festival on Wednesday and criticised “fundamentalism” in neighbouring Syria. “I am very excited to be here tonight in Lebanon which is hosting more than a million and a half refugees from Syria,” said the actress, who is chairing the BIFF jury. “A hundred miles away, fundamentalism and barbarism are creating tens of thousands of victims. They kill, they torture, they emprison freedom,” she said. In January, French glossy magazine Closer sparked a political earthquake by publishing photographs purportedly showing Hollande arriving for trysts on a scooter at an apartment near his official residence in the heart of Paris. It claimed his affair with Gayet began two years ago.–AFP