Security beefed up as Aishwarya, Sonam and Deepika gear up for Cannes
This year, along with veterans Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone will make her debut at the Cannes Film Festival.world cinema Updated: May 16, 2017 13:23 IST
Every year, several Indian stars are photographed attending the Cannes Film Festival.
This year, along with veterans Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone will make her debut at the renowned film festival.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the festival will be on high alert and it will be made sure that everything at the venue is carried out smoothly.
The threat level in France remains elevated under the Vigipirate plan that has seen soldiers stationed at the Nice airport and Cannes train station where attendees arrive.
Reportedly, blockades and barbed wire fences are among the new measures authorities are employing to thwart a potential terror attack.
While there were no incidents at 2016’s film festival and increased security was clearly evident, armed military and riot police patrols and police dogs were present everywhere.
The reason Cannes Film Festival will be on alert as there have been several recent incidents in France.
This year, in a nationwide first, local Cannes police officers will be equipped with handguns.
400 extra officers will be deployed in the city, and plainclothes police will be dispersed in 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 waterfront.
The 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will kick-start on May 17 and will end on May 28.
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First Published: May 16, 2017 13:20 IST