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Cannes: Festival to hold minute’s silence after UK terror attack

The Cannes film festival will hold a minute's silence on Tuesday on its famed red carpet for victims of the pop concert suicide bombing in the British city of Manchester, organisers said.

Cannes: Festival to hold minute's silence after UK terror attack
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“At 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) we will be at the top of the stairs to observe a minute of silence,” Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux said, adding that a fireworks display planned for the evening had been cancelled.
 
“I want to express our solidarity with the city of Manchester,” Fremaux said before a screening at the world's biggest film festival.
 
“We must show that we will not be bowed and that life will continue.”
 
Security has been tight for the past week in the southern French resort, where a host of A-list stars including Nicole Kidman and Will Smith have flown in for the festival.
 
Just 10 months after the jihadist truck attack in nearby Nice that killed 86 people, unprecedented measures have been taken to protect the Cannes festival, with large concrete barriers put up in a bid to prevent another vehicle assault and snipers positioned on the roof above sensitive sites.
   
Cannes Mayor David Lisnard also offered his “heartfelt thoughts” to families of the 22 killed and dozens injured in Monday night's attack at an Ariana Grande stadium concert in Manchester.
 
“The threat is at maximum. We will stay on maximum alert to prevent it and protect everyone, residents and festival-goers, from the risk of an attack,” Lisnard said on Twitter.

CRIME

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim’s x-ray

A Paris court on Wednesday convicted a surgeon for trying to sell an X-Ray image of a wounded arm of a woman who survived the 2015 terror attacks in the French capital.

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim's x-ray

Found guilty of violating medical secrecy, renowned orthopaedic surgeon Emmanuel Masmejean must pay the victim €5,000 or face two months in jail, judges ordered.

Masmejean, who works at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in western Paris, posted the image of a young woman’s forearm penetrated by a Kalashnikov bullet on marketplace Opensea in late 2021.

The site allows its roughly 20 million users to trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – certificates of ownership of an artwork that are stored on a “blockchain” similar to the technology used to secure cryptocurrencies.

In the file’s description, the surgeon wrote that the young woman he had operated on had “lost her boyfriend in the attack” on the Bataclan concert hall, the focus of the November 2015 gun and bomb assault in which jihadists killed 130 people.

The X-Ray image never sold for the asking price of $2,776, and was removed from Opensea after being revealed by investigative website Mediapart in January.

Masmejean claimed at a September court hearing that he had been carrying out an “experiment” by putting a “striking and historic medical image” online – while acknowledging that it had been “idiocy, a mistake, a blunder”.

The court did not find him guilty of two further charges of abuse of personal data and illegally revealing harmful personal information.

Nor was he barred from practicing as prosecutors had urged, with the lead judge saying it would be “disproportionate and inappropriate” to inflict such a “social death” on the doctor.

The victim’s lawyer Elodie Abraham complained of a “politically correct” judgement.

“It doesn’t bother anyone that there’s been such a flagrant breach of medical secrecy. It’s not a good message for doctors,” Abraham said.

Neither Masmejean, who has been suspended from his hospital job, nor the victim were present for Wednesday’s ruling.

The surgeon may yet face professional consequences after appearing before the French medical association in September, his lawyer Ivan Terel said.

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