The Cannes Film Festival laid a black carpet at the entrance to commemorate the three victims who were killed in an Islamist attack in Nice this morning.
Today's Day of Terror in France saw two attacks, the first in the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice and the second in Avignon, where a man was shot after threatening people with a handgun.
A minute of silence was observed to mark the life lost today at the Cannes 2020 special event held today at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. It started on Tuesday.
The members of the Cinefondation jury respect those who lost their lives in Nice today and who will appear all black on the stage tonight at the award ceremony for the best short film Palme D & # 39; Or in Special Cannes 2020
The black carpet as a tribute to the victims of nice attacks at the Palais des Festivals on October 29, 2020 in Cannes, France
The event, which replaces the 73rd annual Cannes Film Festival, usually held in May, has been hailed by the film industry as a sign of "resilience" to the coronavirus that has made much of the industry impossible.
But today the festivities were overshadowed by the tragic news that three people had been killed in what President Emmanuel Macron called an "Islamic attack".
Cannes Mayor David Lisnard said in a statement: “Another terrible and hideous Islamist attack. In a church in Nice.
“Of course I feel scared and emotional, but that's exactly what the terrorists want. So it is the wild and cold determination to eradicate this plague that must first and foremost manifest itself.
The director of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux (pictured), asked for a minute's silence after the last screening to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in Nice
A selection of special guests, some of whom are Cannes based, arrive at the Palais des Festivals
After the attack in Nice, crowds are waiting to enter the Palais des Festivals today
"I would like to express our condolences to the families of the victims and our congratulations to the brave police officers who stopped the perpetrator."
He added: “Action against Islamist fanaticism must be methodical, flawless, unyielding and relentless.
“More than ever, we must defend France and our values and beyond our civilization. Because the fight is for civilization.
“Immediately in Cannes, our flags will be raised at half-mast in homage to the victims, and we have initiated vigilance and surveillance of churches and other places of worship. Strength and courage. & # 39;
During yesterday's festival, French President Macron announced that France would face a full lockdown tomorrow morning, which is reported to create a gloomy mood as non-essential businesses like cinemas will be forced to close.
The participants bow their heads in a minute's silence for the three who were killed in a terrorist attack in Nice today
The event, which replaces the 73rd annual Cannes Film Festival, usually held in May, has been hailed by the film industry as a sign of “resilience”.
The winner of the short film Palme d & # 39; Or, Sameh Alaa (center), attends the award ceremony for the best short film Palme d & # 39; Or of the special event “Cannes 2020: The Festival Revient Sur La Croisette!”.
After the first wave of coronavirus was canceled in May – for the first time in its 73-year history – organizers simply shared a list of 56 feature films that had made the official 2020 selection.
Four films have been screened at the event over the past three days in a bid to signal hope to the suffering industry, including: Les deux Alfred by Bruno Podalydès; Un triomphe by Emmanuel Courcol; Asa Ga Kuru (True Mothers) by Naomi Kawase and a debut film by Dea Kulumbegashvili, Beginning.
Jury member Dea Kulumbegashvili and Celine Sallette will attend the award ceremony for the Best Short Film Palme D & # 39; Or of the "Special Cannes 2020" tonight
Those who visited the Palais des Festivals to attend the three-day event were subjected to health checks, disinfectant mist, temperature checks and facial recognition before they could step onto the red and now black carpet.
In today's terrorist tragedy in France, three were killed in Nice. Vincent Loques, 45, a sacristan of Notre Dame Basilica in the city of Nice, was brutally killed while preparing for the first mass of the day after 21-year-old Tunisian migrant Brahim Aoussaoui attacked the church.
Aoussaoui is believed to have beheaded an elderly parishioner who came to pray when the church opened before attacking Loques and then fatally stabbed a second woman who ran across the street before dying of her injuries.
The armed police arrived 10 minutes later and shot Aoussaoui before arresting him.
Elsewhere, a security guard outside the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed and wounded while two other men were arrested – one with a knife near a church in Sartrouville after his father reported he was about to attack perform in the style of Nice and another who tried to get on a train with a long blade in Lyon.
Police were believed to have foiled another Islamist attack in the city of Avignon when an armed man was shot dead by officers after he refused to drop his gun.
However, it later emerged that the man was part of the right-wing extremist, anti-Islam identical movement and had delivered a Nazi salute. French media initially reported that the man had shouted "Allahu Akbar", which turned out to be false.
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