French actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz has been seriously injured in a motorbike accident on the Montlhéry circuit outside Paris, according to French media reports.
French news channel BFMTV said the actor had been taken to the Kremlin-Bicêtre hospital in Paris. It said that according to the actor’s entourage, his life was not in danger.
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Kassovitz broke out at home and internationally in 1995 for La Haine, which is still regarded as one of the seminal works tackling racism and police violence in France.
He won Best Director in Cannes in 1995 for the film, which also went on to win the French César for Best Film.
Other directorial credits include Crimson Rivers (2000) and Gothika (2003), starring Halle Berry and Penélope Cruz.
More recent credits have include episodes of the hit spy thriller series The Bureau, in which he also starred. His other notable acting credits include Amélie as well Birthday Girl, and The Fifth Element.
Alongside his film and TV career, Kassovitz has been a motorbike enthusiast for more than two decade, having originally developed a passion for the sport in the 2000s while living in Los Angeles.
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