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Court, interrupted

ROME — The corruption trial of billionaire media mogul and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was delayed Thursday for the fourth time since November, as Italy's highest court agreed to hear a motion that Judge Edoardo D'Avossa be removed from the case because of a potential conflict of interest. The court said that it will rule on whether D'Avossa should be removed no later than Jan. 29. A new trial date will be set after that, depending on whether D'Avossa will remain involved.

Salon appointment

PARIS — The first Salon du Cinema, a new cultural exhibition aimed at giving the public access to the world of filmmaking, will kick off in Paris for three days beginning today at the Porte de Versailles trade hall. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the event, which has nominated Morocco as the country of honor. The exhibition, which runs concurrently with Unifrance's Rendez-Vous, includes conferences with leading directors and industry insiders, roundtable discussions, screenings, exhibitions, workshops and trailers of films to be released in the coming year.

Expanding profile

PARIS — MySpace officially launched its French site Thursday after months of running a beta site in the territory. More than 650,000 user profiles already have been created, according to MySpace France. The launch marks the company's second live international site after the U.K., which logged 6.9 million users in November. The French site, which will face off with local competitor Skyblog, is part of the networking giant's expansive move into Europe. German, Italian, Australian and Irish sites are currently running in beta mode.