Is this their everyday life now in France? Massive security at every event, every celebration, every holiday thanks to the politicians who opened the doors to Muslim migration.
Cannes on terror alert: Armed police patrol the streets ahead of A-list celebrity arrivals for the French film festival
- The city, in the South of France, is assuring 45,000 visitors to Cannes that they are thoroughly prepared
- Four hundred security guards on duty at the Palais des Festivals, as well as soldiers and police officers
- Air and sea exclusion zones have been declared, drones are banned and random searches to be carried out
- But mayor David Lisnard dismissed concerns the tight security will impede the glamour of the 10-day event
The streets of Cannes are usually lined with stars. This year, they will also lined with hundreds of soldiers, police and security agents as the city braces itself against any potential terror attack.
Cannes is on high alert as the first of the world’s A-list stars descend on the city for the world-famous 12-day film festival.
And the city authorities are taking no risks. Last month elite police forces staged a simulated terror attack at the Palais des Festivals, the venue for the main screenings.
Meanwhile, air and sea exclusion zones have also been declared, as well as a ban on drones, and Lisnard has said random searches will be conducted in the streets of Cannes.
Fearful: The whole of France has been on high alert since the November terror attacks in Paris, which left 130 dead
Prepared: ast month elite police forces staged a simulated terror attack at the Palais des Festivals, the venue for the main screenings
A-list: George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin arrive at the Eden Roc Hotel in Cap d’Antibes ahead of the start of the festival
But mayor David Lisnard dismissed concerns that the tight security will throw a wet blanket over the parties, glitter and glamour of the event, which runs from Wednesday until May 22, and attracts some of the world’s brightest stars to the South of France each year.
‘Do you think an attack brings merriment? We have succeeded in preserving the festival atmosphere. The public will be at the foot of the (red-carpeted) steps. All the parties will be authorised but security must be taken care of,’ he said.
The extra measures have been put in place following the Paris terror attacks, which left 130 people dead in November. France has been in a state of emergency ever since.
Speaking today, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the festival was at high risk of attack, but they had put in place some 400 security agents guarding the Palais des Festivals alone, not to mention hundreds of extra police officers and security forces ready to act if needed.
Cannes already has 500 CCTV cameras, making it the most closely monitored town in France. This is not the first time organisers have been on high alert: in 1978, French authorities thwarted an attack on the film festival when they discovered a bomb on the Palais des Festivals stage.
‘As we are about to open this festival and as I come here tocheck the security protocol, we are … facing a risk that ishigher than ever,’ Cazeneuve said.
‘Against an enemy who is determined to strike at anytime, we must be extremely vigilant at all times.’
Sparkle: Mayor David Lisnard dismissed concerns that the tight security will throw a wet blanket over the glitz and glamour of the event
Every possible measure: air and sea exclusion zones have also been declared, as well as a ban on drones over the French city
Popularity: Some 45,000 people are expected to visit the event over the next 10 days. Pictured: Vanessa Paradis, a jury member, arrives at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez on Tuesday evening
Some 45,000 people are expected to visit the event over the next 10 days, with nearly 90 feature films set to be shown in this year’s official selection, 21 of which are in the running for the Palme d’Or.
But hundreds more are showing in the film market and in the Director’s Fortnight and Critics’ Week sections.
Hollywood stars like Blake Lively, Jessica Chastain, Eva Longoria and Kirsten Dunst have already been spotted arriving. French actress Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Depp’s ex-wife, and Susan Sarandon were pictured arriving at their hotels.
In the port, crew members scrubbed the sleek yachts where many of the festival’s parties take place.
Several billionaires have parked their superyachts along the Riviera for the festival: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s ‘Octopus’ was in Nice and Spielberg’s ‘Seven Seas’ in Antibes, according to Forbes.com.