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French authorities beef up security at Cannes film fest

French authorities are stepping up security, once again, as the 69th annual Cannes film festival opens today.

EWN's Hollywood correspondent Nadia Neophytou says that France has been under a state of emergency in the wake of terror attacks.

According to Neophytou,the world's biggest film festival has recruited 500 extra personnel and remains on high alert.

She says that officials staged a pretend shoot out and evacuation drill to test the readiness of authorities.

They're trying to be very cautious and not leaving anything to chance. There's a lot more hoops to get into the various venues.. a lot more searching of bags and stronger police presence.

Nadia Neophytou, EWN's entertainment correspondent

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