Hollywood’s elite have descended on the annual Cannes Film Festival in France, and security officials are not taking any chances.
SWAT teams simulated a terror attack earlier this week at the convention center hosting the star-studded event.
“Definitely, on the street you see more armed police, more people patrolling,” People magazine Deputy Editor J.D. Heyman told Inside Edition. “There are always metal detectors and bag checks to get into the main building but this is the first year that I can recall that you actually need to go through a checkpoint like that to get to the smaller national pavilions around it.”
In Cannes, even the luxury yachts belonging to arriving billionaires are being searched. But the show must go on, and stars are pouring in for the glamorous ten-day event.
The festival opened Thursday with the premiere of Woody Allen’s Café Society, under the vigilant eye of security forces.
“The local authorities are doing whatever they can to be prepared,” Heyman said.