Pierre Lescure Named Cannes Film Festival President

French journalist replaces Gilles Jacob

French television executive and journalist Pierre Lescure was unanimously elected president of the Cannes Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

His appointment comes with the unanimous endorsement of the South of France festival’s board of directors. He will begin his new duties in July.

Lescure, a key backer and ally of French president  François Hollande, replaces Gilles Jacob.

Jacob, a director and producer, will be appointed honorary president of the festival. He will oversee this year’s festival, which is the 67th edition of Cannes.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux will continue to oversee the selection of films that will screen at the elite competition.