Catherine Colonna will be confirmed as the new director ofthe French film council (CNC) on Wednesday according to sources close to thesituation. Colonna will take up her functions as of the 22nd of September whencurrent chief David Kessler will step down.

As previously reported by, Kessler will headto France Televisions to work closely alongside president and former CNCdirector Marc Tessier. Colonna, 48, hails from Tours and is the first womanever named to the post.

She comes to the CNC from the Elysee Palace where she hasheld the job of spokesperson since 1995.