France’s Cannes Movie Pageant, one of many movie business’s most essential annual occasions, has been postponed to June or July amid issues over the novel coronavirus, its organizers mentioned Thursday.     

“The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23,” they mentioned in an announcement on their web site. 

“Several options are being studied to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement until the end of June or beginning of July,” the assertion mentioned.

“As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known.”  

Earlier this week, French President Emmanuel Macron introduced a 15-day nationwide lockdown because the nation grapples with the outbreak, with residents prohibited from leaving their properties except completely crucial. 

The loss of life toll in France from the coronavirus has reached 372, with 108 deaths confirmed previously 24 hours, the nation’s well being authorities mentioned Thursday.