Three French men are being held following a fight in which a 37-year-old British man was killed in the early hours of Monday morning on the French Riviera.

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Briton dies after Cannes street fight

Three French men are being held following a fight in which a 37-year-old British man was killed in the early hours of Monday morning on the French Riviera.

Lee Elton Fisher, a Territorial army soldier who had served in Iraq, had been working as a stand builder at the Tax Free World Exhibition, which is taking place in Cannes this week.

According to local newspaper Nice Matin, trouble started at around 3am when an argument broke out between Fisher and his friends and a group of local men.

PA reported that Fisher had been enraged at the cost of drinks in a lap-dancing club. He then stormed outside to confront a man handing out promotional fliers and a fight broke out.

“People came over to help the man and Mr Fisher found himself facing several individuals,” said a police source. “His own friends came over but two of them were also attacked. One was punched in the nose and the other on the mouth. They were chased off.”

“After that, the situation appeared to calm down but suddenly Mr Fisher was punched in the face. He fell to the ground, unconscious.”

The dead man was married and came from Camberley in Surrey. An autopsy is planned for Thursday to establish the precise cause of death.

Three French men, aged between 25 and 30, are being held by police.

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FILM

Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid

The Cannes Film Festival has been rescheduled for July 6th to 17th - postponed by around two months due to the ongoing virus crisis, organisers said on Wednesday.

Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid
The 2018 Palme d'Or winner Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda posing for the cameras at the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual highlight for movie lovers in France. Photo: AFP

“As announced last autumn, the Festival de Cannes reserved the right to change its dates depending on how the global health situation developed,” they said in a statement.

“Initially scheduled from 11th to 22nd May 2021, the Festival will therefore now take place from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th July 2021.”

The festival was cancelled last year, while rival European events in Berlin and Venice went ahead under strict health restrictions.

The Berlin Film Festival, which usually kicks off in February, said last month it would run this year's edition in two stages, an online offering for industry professionals in March and a public event in June.

France has closed all cinemas, theatres and show rooms alongside cafés, bars and restaurants as part of its Covid-19 health measures and the government has pushed back their reopening date until further notice due to rising levels of viral spread across the country.

The Cannes festival normally attracts some 45,000 people with official accreditations, of whom around 4,500 are journalists.

It had only been cancelled once before, due to the outbreak of war in 1939.

Its Film Market, held alongside the main competition, is the industry's biggest marketplace for producers, distributors, buyers and programmers.

Last year, the festival still made an official selection of 56 films – including the latest offerings from Wes Anderson, Francois Ozon and Steve McQueen – allowing them to use the “Cannes official selection” label.

 

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