Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Cannes Film Festival honors the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack

Cannes Film Festival honors the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack

The Cannes Film Festival threw a star-studded celebration today for its 70th anniversary, drawing mobs of celebrities and a dozen former Palme d'Or winners to commemorate the illustrious French Riviera festival's birthday.

The Cannes Film Festival paused Tuesday at 3 p.m. local time for a moment of silence to honor the victims of Monday's terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

Concert goers wait to be picked up at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by U.S. star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England on 23 May 2017.

"The Festival de Cannes would like to express its horror, anger and enormous sadness following the attack on the public and the city of Manchester last night".

Festival organizers expressed "horror, anger and enormous sadness" at the suicide bombing that killed at least 22 people, including children, at a concert by USA singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, northern England, on Monday night.

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"The people who were there last night at that music concert were doing exactly what we are doing here at Cannes. being together, rejoicing in the freedom to love and sharing their passion", Fremaux said before the minute's silence. "My heartfelt thoughts go out to the victims' families, deceased or injured", Cannes Mayor David Lisnard said in a statement. "We will stay on maximum alert to prevent it and protect everyone, residents and festival-goers, from the risk of an attack".

Our battle is first to protect everyone.

With this spirit, the Cannes Festival carries for the past 70 years the universal message of culture, in a spirit of openness, of sharing, and of emancipating. "Our duty is to strongly claim it against the obscurantism, also religiously fundamentalist and deadly". Fifty-nine people were injured in the attack, the deadliest in the United Kingdom since the 7/7 bombings of 2005.

On Tuesday, police said they arrested a 23-year-old man "with regards to last night's incident", but did not give further details.

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