A man is detained by police and local security after shooting on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival near the Grand Journal de Canal+ television studio set on the Croisette in Cannes May 17, 2013. The man was arrested at the Cannes film festival on Friday after firing a starting pistol during a live TV broadcast on the palm-lined waterfront, sending actors Christoph Waltz and Daniel Auteuil running for cover. REUTERS/Nathan Gourdol (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A man is detained by police and local security after shooting on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival near the Grand Journal de Canal+ television studio set on the Croisette in Cannes May 17, 2013. — Reuters Photo

CANNES: A man was arrested on Friday after causing a scare at the Cannes Film Festival, where he attacked a TV studio with a gun loaded with blanks and a dummy grenade, police and witnesses said.

There were no casualties in the incident, and the TV channel, France's Canal +, resumed broadcasts after a break of several minutes.

The suspected assailant fired twice in the air as he approached the temporary studio, set up on the Croisette seafront for special coverage of the film festival, they said.

“He said to a woman next to him 'if I were you, I wouldn't stick around here',” said Michel Denisot, the programme's presenter.

“The police intervened. He had a hand grenade. There were no bullets in the gun and the grenade was a fake,” he told viewers. There was a brief moment of panic in the crowd around the seafront studio, but no-one was hurt.

Marcel Authier, in charge of public security in the local Alpes-Maritimes department, told AFP that the arrested individual was a 42-year-old man.

“It's someone mentally unstable who was immediately arrested,” Authier said.

Police sources said the man also carried a switchblade knife and had shouted: “I'm doing this in the name of God” during his arrest. Earlier Friday, jewellery worth $1.4 million due to be loaned to stars at the Cannes Film Festival was stolen from a local hotel in a pre-dawn heist, according to French investigators.

Swiss jewellers Chopard said, without giving a figure, that the value of the lost items was far lower. It also denied that the jewels were to be worn by actresses at the festival.

The Cannes Film Festival is ranked as the world's most prestigious movie showcase.

Security for the event is high, and was stepped up after the April 15 bomb attacks in Boston.


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