Published Apr 21, 2016Following attacks at the Charlie Hebdo office and the Bataclan concert last year, French authorities are on high alert for potential terrorist activity during this year's Festival de Cannes. To prepare, French police have simulated a real-life terrorist attack.
As The Hollywood Reporter explains, Cannes police hired 200 extras to simulate an emergency in the city. Using car bombs, they simulated a series of terrorist attacks to test their emergency responders.
The extras wore red vests to signify that they were injured in the simulated attacks. Further, local schools performed security drills to test their emergency response.
"One has to be prepared in case the worst occurs," Mayor David Lisnard said to THR. "Therefore we hold these real-life rehearsals in case of attacks, in the hotels, in the Palais, in the schools, but it's above all a simulation, a test run, in case of necessity."
The city's security consultant Nitzan Nuriel added, "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."
Cannes takes place from May 11 to 22. You can see its full lineup here.
UPDATE (4/22, 3 p.m.): Via The Hollywood Reporter, there is now footage of the simulated terrorist attack. Check it out below.