The 70th Cannes Film Festival is ramping up security measures this year.
The festival isn’t taking any chances as the city is spending millions to strengthen security plans, according to Variety.
The city has reportedly spent US$6 million to place automatic retractable bollards at every entry point to town, Cannes police chief Yves Darros told Variety.
Darros added that security will “reach new heights” this year.
The last two years have seen an increase in terror attacks in France, including in Nice, where 84 people died after a truck plowed into a crowd.
The juried film festival, which showcases nearly 100 feature films from around the globe, draws in thousands of tourists and Hollywood elites to France each year.
In 2016, security for the festival included 500 security cameras and 200 armed officers.
The festival descended into chaos when a group of men riding in a speedboat, dressed in ski marks, bulletproof vests and combat uniforms stormed a French hotel.
The incident was later confirmed as a publicity stunt by a French company named Oraxy.
“Cannes must be protected not because of the cocktail parties, but because it is a professional event of a high level which brings honour to France,” Cannes Mayor David Lisnard said at the time.
In 2015, up to $19 million worth of jewelry and watches were stolen from Cartier boutiques in the city just before the festival. The number of surveillance cameras were increased from 400 to 550 across the city’s tourist areas and festival venues in the last two years.
The 2017 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 17-28.