Security for Cannes Film Festival being ramped up

Cannes, May 4  The security cover for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, due to begin May 17, is being beefed in the wake of attacks in France.

The forthcoming edition of the film jambooree will be its first since the tragic July 2016 attack in Nice, just 29 km away from Cannes. The city, which hosts numerous events such as Mipcom, MipTV, and the Cannes Lions, is working on its security standards to make international visitors feel secure, reports variety.com.

In 2015, as much as $19 million worth of jewellery and watches were stolen from Cartier boutiques in in the city just before the festival. With the aim to prevent such thefts, the number of surveillance cameras was increased from 400 to 550 across the city’s tourist and festival venues in the last two years.

Cannes has also recruited a wide network of 500 local volunteers plus 80 “vigilant neighbours”, who are in charge of patrolling across the city to watch out for suspicious activity and report it to authorities.

Authorities have been tight-lipped about revealing any details of the preparations for security reasons, as well as political ones, since the presidential and legislative elections are coming up.

Some stars will arrive with their own security staff, who would have to be cleared by Cannes authorities and the festival staff.

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