After last summer’s terror attack on neighbouring Nice, this year’s Cannes Film Festival has stepped up to an unprecedented level of security. New cordons and metal detectors were installed to secure the safety of its guests. Police, both local Cannes cops and SWAT-style militarised officers, patrolled the Croisette bearing 9mm semi-automatic handguns and machine guns, all while wearing bulletproof vests.

But the French did not stop there. A parade of police vans lined the street starting two blocks before the Palais, where the opening ceremony will take place. Officers were directing traffic, only allowing in official festival cars, marked by stickers on the interior of the windshield, to pass through. Also, 400 Concrete barriers in the shape of giant flower pots have been placed all over the city to prevent an assault similar to the Nice truck attack that killed over 80 people. Furthermore, on rooftops, snipers have taken up positions above key festival venues, 550 security cameras are active, an anti-drone system is in place, and airspace has been restricted above Cannes’ airport. And finally, the French Navy warship, the frigate Commandant Bouan, is even at anchor off Cannes’ beach.

Cannes mayor David Lisnard and Cannes festival president Pierre Lescure held a press conference on Tuesday. There, Lisnard stated that: “Security will be part of the festival – it’s inescapable (…) with the threat of an attack, that is the price we pay.”

Welcome to 2017’s Europe, where protection from a warship is deemed necessary in order to safely organise a film festival. Zut alors!