Massively Beefed-Up Security in Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival long has been a target for petty crooks and big-time criminals drawn in by the rich and famous who descend on the city each May, but security this year is taking a more serious turn. Following the Charlie Hebdo shootings in and around Paris that shocked the world in January — and a subsequent series of several smaller attacks against religious targets — the country is on edge. The Hollywood Reporter says that translates to up to 400 SWAT-style officers descending on the city to beef up patrols of the municipal police, who will be on daily duty for the festival's 12 days. And there will be no days off for police officers.



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