Cannes’ red carpet falls silent for Manchester victims

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The famed red carpet at the Cannes film festival fell silent Tuesday for victims of the pop concert suicide bombing in the British city of Manchester.

The attack targeting young fans at a show by US singer Ariana Grande cast a shadow over celebrations for the 70th birthday of the world’s biggest film festival, where many of the A-list elite are gathered.

A fireworks display scheduled for Tuesday evening in the southern French resort has been cancelled after Monday night’s stadium attack, which left 22 dead and has been claimed by the Islamic State group.

Dozens of festival staff led by director Thierry Fremaux stood on the red steps of the Palais des Festivals for a minute’s silence, joined by Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert.

“The Manchester victims were doing nothing that we don’t do here -- being together, enjoying the freedom to love and share their passions,” Fremaux said.

Beachside restaurants near the festival also turned off their music as diners fell silent.

Festival organisers described the bombing as “yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom generosity and tolerance, all things that the festival and those who make it possible -- the artists, professionals and spectators -- hold dear.”

Security is tight in Cannes, just 10 months after the jihadist truck attack in nearby Nice that killed 86 people.

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