High security at Cannes 2017 following attacks
Authorities say the threat level in France remains 'elevated' after the fatal shooting that took place along the Champs-Elysees in Paris last month.
NEW YORK – Security at this year's Cannes film festival, which opens tomorrow, is at an all-time high following recent events in France.
Festival organisers have put in place new precautionary measures after the fatal shooting that took place along the Champs-Elysees in Paris last month and the truck attack in nice that killed 86 people celebrating Bastille Day last year.
Authorities say the threat level in France remains "elevated" and it’s evident every precaution is being taken.
From soldiers stationed at the nice airport where attendees and a-list stars arrive to the metal detectors that have been installed at the entrance to the theatre hall.
This year, in a nationwide first, local Cannes police officers will be carrying handguns.
Previously, only national police were allowed to have handguns.
In addition, 400 extra officers will flood the city, and plainclothes police will be dispersed into crowds.
More than 500 closed-circuit cameras will monitor the city 24 hours a day and, in another first, large bags will be subject to searches along the Croisette, Cannes famed waterfront.