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French town in lockdown for G8

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The north-west French town of Deauville became a veritable fortress ahead of the G8 summit on Thursday.

Famous for its film festival and often described as the ‘Cannes of the North’, the security operation there for the leaders of the world’s most powerful economies is huge. Some 12,000 paramilitary police and other officials have been deployed for the occasion.

Nothing has been left to chance with even the ritzy seaside resort’s coast being scoured. But the lockdown has caused a stir among the town’s locals. Despite 15,000 residents being issued with passes to give them access, many are unhappy that their movements have been restricted.