Cannes banned protests during film festival

Cannes banned protests during film festival
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Unhappy with pension reform French citizens banned from protesting
The authorities of the city of Cannes banned all protests along the Croisette and its surroundings during the international Cannes Film Festival.

The unions had previously said they were preparing a large demonstration on May 21, but it will now take place on Boulevard Carnot, away from the Croisette and the festival headquarters. There will also be a rally of hospitality workers, including hotel, café and restaurant staff, in front of the Carlton Hotel, whose famous guests this year include Martin Scorsese, on May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The rally, in which protesters are likely to bang pots to express their anger, is technically allowed because the grounds of the Carlton Hotel are private property.

The city of Cannes and the regional authorities have imposed this ban on most of Cannes to prevent civil unrest. Since the beginning of March, the country has been shaken by mass protests over the French government's unpopular pension reform, which raises the retirement age in the country. The last time France was shaken by protests on this scale was in 2004, when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Cannes outraged by changes to unemployment benefit rules,

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