Cannes Film Festival interrupted by gunshots

After a sudden gunfire members of the Cannes jury including Vidya Balan were rushed off stage.

Written by PTI | Cannes | Published: May 19, 2013 9:17:33 am

An interview with Oscar winning actor Christoph Waltz was interrupted by gunshots at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.

The Django Unchained star was talking with reporters when all of a sudden gunfire was heard and the 56-year-old actor and other members of the Cannes jury were rushed off stage,the Hollywood Reporter said.

The incident occurred just before the live television broadcast of Le Grand Journal,a nightly news and entertainment program that broadcasts from Martinez beach every day during the Cannes Film Festival.

Although security initially believed the noise was fireworks,witnesses on the scene alleged that they saw a man with a gun,and that a small explosion went off. A man with a suspicious device was seen being taken away by police.

No one was injured during the ordeal. The alleged assailant had a gun loaded with blanks and a dummy grenade; he fired twice in the air before police apprehended him.

After the man was taken away,the producers of the program made an announcement to the crowd that the broadcast would continue,”The show must go on.”

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