Trying to avert Cannes protests

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government is seeking to appease angry show business workers threatening to disrupt the Cannes film festival.

Restaurant owners also plan separate protests in the Riviera resort because of fears they will lose business during the May 12-23 film showcase if demonstrators cause havoc.

The event’s organisers were due on Tuesday to meet unions representing 60,000 to 100,000 part-time actors and technicians who plan protests against cuts in their welfare benefits.

Veronique Cayla, who is running the festival, said on Sunday there was no reason to fear it could be cancelled and hoped to find a platform for unions to express themselves peacefully.

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