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Cannes bans red-carpet selfies

epa05314999 US model Bella Hadid arrives for the screening of 'La Fille Inconnue' (The Unknown Girl) during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 18 May 2016. The movie is presented in the Official Competition of the festival which runs from 11 to 22 May.  EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER

Top Cannes festival official Thierry Fremaux said red-carpet selfies will be banned at this year’s star-studded event, AP reports.

Violators, he said on Europe-1 radio Wednesday, won’t be let in to see films.

When festival-goers take selfies as they climb the carpeted stairs to the French Riviera venue, he said everything becomes “disorganized” and the program “runs late.”

But as guardian of one of the world’s most glamorous cultural events, Fremaux also has aesthetic concerns: “It’s not beautiful. It’s grotesque. It’s ridiculous… We want to restore a bit of decency.”

Fremaux also said recently that Netflix movies will be banned from competition at this year’s festival, which runs May 8-19.