In your first link, there is mention/rumor that Huppert was supposed to play Madame, but supposedly got fired/quit because of the lack of her commitment…I hope this won’t come to play at Cannes, Huppert being a gigantic part of the festival and all.
I was thinking this exact same thing the other day. I remember when Huppert was rumored for the role and that she dropped out over some bickering with Tarantino. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that influences her as Head of Jury come election time, but she might be one of those rare people that don’t let her ego get in the way of her judgment. We’ll see, but Tarantino’s got it the toughest there I think,