Cannes festival to hold minute of silence for Manchester attack victims

The Cannes festival issued a statement expressing its horror, anger and immense sadness following the attack in Manchester.

FILE: Concert goers wait to be picked up at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England on 23 May 2017. Picture: AFP

CANNES - The Cannes Film Festival will hold a moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester attack.

The festival, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this evening, has employed stricter security measures in the wake of terror attacks that took place in Paris and in Nice over the past year.

The Cannes festival issued a statement expressing its horror, anger and immense sadness following the attack in Manchester.

It added: "This is yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the festival and those who make it possible, the artists, professionals and spectators hold dear”.

The Festival de Cannes asked all festivalgoers to show their solidarity with the victims, their families and the British people by observing a minute’s silence on Tuesday afternoon.

WATCH: The aftermath of the Manchester Arena explosion

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22 people and injured dozens at a British concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

British police have also confirmed that they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack.

Monday's attack was the deadliest in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in 2005.

Attacks in cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have shocked Europeans already anxious over security challenges from mass immigration and pockets of domestic Islamist radicalism.

The Islamic State militant group has called for attacks as retaliation for Western involvement in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

WATCH: The fatal Manchester Arena blast

Additional information by Reuters.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)