A fake terror attack panicked guests at the French Riviera hideaway of several Hollywood stars at the Cannes film festival, police said Saturday.
The publicity stunt, by a French internet company aimed at the super rich, saw a speedboat full of men in helmets and military style uniforms attempt to storm the dock of the five-star Hotel du Cap just around the bay from Cannes.
Guests said the men were dressed as an “ISIS-like” militia group, referring to the Islamic State group which killed 130 people in a night of attacks on Paris six months ago.
Their inflatable speedboat also flew a black flag similar to the one used by IS.
Chillingly, the stunt happened on Friday, the first Friday the 13th since the bloodshed in Paris last November.
American publicist J.R. Savet, who was dining on the terrace with Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter when the boat approached, said guests were shocked.
“Someone screamed and people jumped out of their chairs and started moving quickly to the swimming pool area. It was pretty scary,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.
Cannes has been on high terror alert for the 12-day film festival, with a warship moored in the bay and snipers posted on hotel roofs.
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