French film director Patrice Chereau has died after a battle with lung cancer.

The celebrated cinema, opera and theatre director, whose work includes acclaimed Oscar-nominated film La Reine Margot (Queen Margot), died at the age of 68 in Paris, France on Monday (07Oct13).

French President Francois Hollande says, "The cultural world is mourning. France loses an artist... who is its pride across the world."

Chereau gained international success with 1994 period movie La Reine Margot, which went on to win the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year and also scooped five honours at the Cesar Awards, the French version of the Oscars.

He also directed critically-acclaimed films Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train, His Brother, and Intimacy starring British actor Mark Rylance.