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Cannes on high alert ahead of film festival

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>> 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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>> 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.