At the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, the Specter of Power Cuts

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The organisers of the high mass of the cinema fear actions of the CGT Energy and have planned generators

PENSION REFORM: The organisers of the Cannes film festival fear actions of the CGT Energy of power cuts against the pension reform, and have planned generators

Cannes without light is like a film without an image. If the electricity were cut during the famous film festival, there would be far fewer films to see. The threat of such an action by the CGT Energie to protest against the pension reform indeed hangs over the Croisette. The event organisation then made arrangements by installing five generators in the parking lot of the Palais des Festivals, reports BFMTV.

Rallies planned by the CGT

“Regarding the things announced in the press on possible power cuts or social unrest (…), we speak in a beautiful dialogue with the CGT”, reassures for his part Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Festival, quoted by BFMTV. He adds that “nothing for the moment, as far as we are concerned, has been announced”.

However, the union has already planned actions, in particular on May 19th with a rally in front of the Carlton Hotel, or on May 21st, with a demonstration on Boulevard Carnot. In the context of social tensions, a prefectural decree, “identical to previous years” according to the prefecture, was issued to prohibit any demonstration around the Croisette during the Festival.

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