Cannes Festival to open today amid tight security

The world's biggest film festival has recruited 500 extra personnel in the wake of terror attacks.

A French police officer stands guard in front of the Festival Palace in Cannes on 10 May 2016, on the eve of the beginning of the 69th Cannes film festival. Picture: Loic Venance/AFP.

CANNES - French authorities remain on high alert ahead of the Cannes Film Festival which kicks off today.

Organisers of the world's biggest international film festival and market have recruited five hundred extra personnel, in the wake of terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Two evacuation tests were carried out yesterday, aimed at protecting the 200,000 attendees who are expected over the next 12 days.

France has been under a state of emergency since attacks claimed by Islamic State killed 130 people in November at entertainment venues in and around Paris including a concert hall, cafes and the Stade the France stadium. Officials have already announced plans to extend the state of emergency to cover the Euro 2016 soccer tournament that begins next month and announced stricter security for venues.

In 1978, French authorities thwarted an attack on the film festival when they discovered a bomb on the Palais des Festivals stage.

Woody Allen's Cafe Society opens the 69th edition of the festival on Wednesday.

Additional reporting by Reuters.