Cannes film stars braced for terror patrol search
ARMED police and troops are to patrol the red carpets of Cannes from today as the iconic film festival begins while France remains on terror alert.
Sweeps for bombs will be carried out daily in the French Riviera resort and even A-list film stars are expected to be searched.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve promised that 400 uniformed police officers and special forces agents will be on duty.
Heightened security is in the wake of last year’s murder of almost 150 innocent people in the Charlie Hebdo and November 13 Islamic State attacks. About 45,000 people will attend the 69th festival over nearly a fortnight from tonight.
Mr Cazeneuve said: “We are faced with a higher risk than ever – an enemy determined to strike us at any moment, we must prove extremely vigilant at all times.
“And for that reason, I want to pay a homage to our police forces.”
Last month, police staged a security exercise at the Palais des Festivals, where films will be shown, to help coordinate the different forces.