CANNES, France (Reuters) – In a normal year, Joseph Morpelli would be getting ready to plant his stepladder opposite the Cannes Festival venue so he and his fellow diehard fans can get a glimpse of celebrities walking down the red carpet.
This year, coronavirus has forced the indefinite postponement of the film festival and left Morpelli – leading member of the so-called ‘stepladder gang’ of ardent autograph-hunters and amateur paparazzi – to ruminate over what he’s missing.
“It breaks my heart,” he said as he stood across the street from the venue on Monday, usually a hive of activity with 24 hours to go until the opening, but now deserted.
“It’s hard to imagine that this year, there’s nothing, that we’ll need to wait one more year.”
The Cannes Festival is the moment in the annual calendar when Hollywood glamour rubs shoulders on the French Riviera with Europe’s show-business glitterati. Attendees last year included Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore.
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