The Cannes Film Festival is set to begin on May 12.
Freak waves battered the southern French coast between Cannes and Nice on Tuesday afternoon, causing major damage to beach constructions. We're just a few days away from the start of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, and some businesses don't feel they can re-open in time.
Is it global warming? Or is it just Mother Nature?
Ten-metre-high waves (33 feet) battered the coastline, leaving one woman with a fractured leg and causing major material damage. From France 24:
"There were very big waves this afternoon that caused major material damage to beach constructions, but there were no disappearances," regional authorities told AFP.
In Cannes, some 20 restaurants were damaged and several cars overturned.
In Nice, not only the beaches were closed but also part of its famous Promenade des Anglais.
The timing of the natural disaster – days before the opening of the tourist season – could spell economic disaster for the French Riviera.
The owner of Castel, a trendy beachside restaurant in Nice, told local daily Nice-Matin he was unsure whether his business could reopen this year.
“It’s terrible. We feared for our lives when the waves turned into seven to eight-metre-high monstrous bombs. It was out of question to resist”
Anne Thomspon, of IndieWire, also reported on the freak waves. Anne is scheduled to moderate a film panel during Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week. In a related post, to be found on her TOH blog, she noted that Roger Ebert was named Webby Person of the year:
Writes TOH, 'In his much-retweeted post entitled The Golden Age of Movie Critics, Ebert serves a feast of wisdom both about film writing and life in general. He closes his post:"
That’s what an education is for. That’s what life is for. That’s the discovery made by these extraordinary writers I’ve found on the World Wide Web. Find out all you can, and see what you can do with it.