A man has been arrested at the Cannes film festival today (17 May) after shots were fired during a live TV broadcast along the French Riviera waterfront.
French TV station Canal+ was reporting from the famous film festival for its nightly news program and had lined up main competition jury panelists Austrian Christoph Waltz (Academy Award Winner for Django Unchained) and French Daniel Auteuil (Jean de Florette) when shots broke out sending them running for cover.
A man reportedly fired two shots in the air from a starting pistol before he was quickly subdued by bodyguards. Arthur Laiguesse told Reuters, “The bodyguards jumped over the barriers into the crowd and pulled him to the crowd. The police arrived and told everyone to run because there was a grenade in his hand”.
Police arrested the man on the scene. In addition to the starting pistol, he was found with a dummy grenade and a knife on his body. A police source stated “It really appears to be a crazy guy”.
Once police took the man away, the live program continued, with producers saying “the show must go on”. Both actors were returned to the set for their interview.
This is the second security incident to have hit the film festival and its only day three of the 12-day event. On Thursday (16 May) it was reported tat $1.4 million worth of Chopard jewellery was stolen from a room at the Suite Novotel hotel. While Chopard have said that their value “had been exaggerated”, they declined to disclose further details about the missing jewellery or the incident.