Forget the film festival. The French Riviera resort of Cannes is shedding its black tie image for riot gear as it braces for a crucial G20 summit.
Thousands of extra police have been deployed along the Mediterranean coast with key talks due today ahead of the summit’s official start tomorrow.
Greece’s George Papandreou stunned euro zone partners by calling a national referendum on their new rescue plan for his debt-hit country. His meeting tonight with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel could be tense to say the least.
With a ‘People First, Not Finance’ message, protesters have already been making their voices heard. So far, demonstrations have been good-humoured, with activists kept at arms length, 30 kilometres away in Nice.