The President of France extends the lockout and bans festivals, suspending the Cannes Film Fest

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The famous Cannes film festival, which was originally scheduled to take place in May, had to be postponed to late June or early July due to the pandemic of viruses.

But according to Variety, Cannes participants may have to wait even longer for the big event.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday that the country’s closure had been extended until May 11 and said that no festival or event attracting large crowds would be allowed until at least mid-July.

This clearly puts the Cannes Film Festival on ice.

The organizers of Cannes had previously indicated that the festival should receive the green light from the public authorities – the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of the Interior, the Alpes-Maritimes region and the town hall of Cannes – to postpone the 73rd edition until in late June / early July.

Postponing the festival later in July or August would be very complicated because Cannes is a popular holiday destination and sees tourism take off on July 4; Meanwhile, the fall festival season is already full of Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian.

Cannes organizers have not yet commented on Macron’s statements.

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