Given the state of world affairs and attendant security concerns, Cannes organizers have put the word out that, along with France’s national security plan, “additional measures have been put in place in order to reinforce safety” at the fest and market. Some highlights:
Upon arrival, expect in-depth searches of baggage and travelers by police at the Nice-Cote d’Azur airport. Police patrols around the airport will be backed up by the military. The French railway, SNCF, has beefed up security on trains traveling to Cannes and at the main station.
Traffic diversions in Cannes will be more restrictive and parking in the immediate vicinity of the Palais des Festivals will be prohibited. Access to the bottom of the red carpet will be limited to official cars only.
Entry into the Palais des Festivals, Riviera market hall or the Intl. Village will be restricted to those with an official Cannes badge, which this year features a hologram in an effort to curb counterfeits. Security checks will include badge verification, electronic scans and bag searches. Fest officials note that delays are likely and should be taken into account when planning schedules.
Video cameras have been installed in and around the Palais des Festivals and hotels to identify suspicious activity. A team of bomb detection experts with dogs will be making regular rounds.
The Gendarmerie Nationale, Police Nationale and Police Municipale will be reinforced by five squadrons during the fest. The maritime department will patrol the harbors.
Security phone numbers in Cannes:
29 29 in the Palais des Festivals
17 from outside the Palais
112 from a cell phone