Cannes Film Festival Spending Millions To Curb Potential Terrorist Threats
The city of Cannes, France is spending millions of dollars to make sure it has the proper security measures in place for its annual film festival later this month.
In the wake of last year’s terror attack in nearby Nice and more recent attacks in Paris, the French Riviera town is taking security at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to another level.
Cannes mayor David Lisnard commissioned an audit from Israeli counter-terrorism expert Nitzan Nuriel to specifically prevent an attack like the one in Nice from happening, according to Variety.
The city has installed substantial barriers along the Croisette, the main drag by the beach, as well as $6 million in automatic retractable bollards at every entry point into the town to withstand heavy vehicular impact. Overall, security measures have cost the city about $10 million altogether, according to Forbes.
The increased security measures are expected to show an increase in the amount of festival attendants bringing their superyachts to the beach. The luxurious vessels have already begun to arrive along the Cote d’Azur and are a safer option than staying in the hotels because many have their own security teams and offer a swift escape if anything happens to go wrong.