CANNES Crackdown: 465 Closed-Circuit Cameras, SWAT-Style Cops Part of Massively Beefed-Up Security. Just months after France suffered multiple Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris, armed undercover agents and a stunning level of surveillance mean a red carpet on red alert.
Hollywood Reporter “You have to be prepared for what we consider a multi-terror MUSLIM event,” said city security consultant Nitzan Nuriel.
With 200 extras on hand and fake car bombs going off, it could have been a film shoot. Instead, the city of Cannes Thursday morning conducted a simulation of coordinated terror attacks designed to test emergency responders ahead of the annual film festival next month.
The fake explosion rocked the city’s Palais, followed by four armed terrorists forcing their way up the Palais’ grand entrance where the red carpet will be in just three weeks. Local schools also participated, with security drills that would come into play in case of a terror attack. The extras were lying “injured” in red vests along the Croisette and splayed across the steps of the Palais.
The simulations were the first of their kind, put in place to test out the city’s new security protocols following the Charlie Hebdo attacks last January and the Le Bataclan attacks in November in Paris.
“You have to be prepared for what we consider a multi-terror event, not only in one place and not only in one hour — in a few places over a few hours,” city security consultant Nitzan Nuriel told The Hollywood Reporter.
As part of this new protocol, the Palais moved the perimeter away from the building and blocked the immediate entrance from the doors for major events. All entrants are subject to bag checks and wanding by hand-held metal detectors before being allowed through metal gates.