Police inspect suspicious package near Cannes festival, rule out danger

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A brief moment of drama broke out on a rain-drenched day at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, as police investigated a suspicious package near the red carpet that turned out to be a tourist’s lost bag.

It was a “bag forgotten by a tourist,” said police official Philippe Loos, after police cordoned off a wide area around the main screening venue of the world’s leading film festival.

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Around a thousand police and security guards are in place for the festival which has been held under a heightened security alert ever since a wave of terror attacks in France in the 2010s.

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