>> As Cannes makes final preparations for its 69th International Film Festival, the town is feeling more nervous than glamorous. Reuter's reporter Julien Pretot is in town covering the festival.>> When the French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, made a day trip yesterday to Cannes to check the security protocol in and around the festival, he held a joint news conference with the Cannes Mayor David Lisnard.
And both insisted that the festival would be safe for everyone, the festival goers, the press, the actors, the directors as they look to make the festival a safe place for everyone. And hundreds of policemen will also be deployed, as well as special forces units ready to intervene in the case of an attack.
He wouldn't give more details, but that's a massive security protocol for such an event.>> Cannes has seen a number of security breaches in the past. In 2014, two men were seized by security staff after invading the red carpet. In 1975, a bomb exploded at the artists' entrance to the Palais des Festival just hours before the opening.
But in an interview with Reuters, festival director Thierry Fremaux moved the spotlight off the festival and onto the broader picture.>> It's not really something I like to talk about, because it creates some anxiety, some fear. For sure that, not only in France, but everywhere now, we are living in a world which could be dangerous.
>> The festival opens Wednesday on a lighter note, with Woody Allen's film, Cafe Society. And will run until May 22nd when the winners of Palme d'Or will be revealed.>> I'm kind of half bored, half fascinated.