Extinction Rebellion bring climate change protests to Cannes

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Activist group Extinction Rebellion have staged a series of protests at Cannes, aiming to force action on climate change.

Yesterday the group appeared at Facebook's private beachfront location, unfurling banners reading "Act Now'.

The action follows a larger-scale demonstration on Wednesday, when activists took to the steps of the Palais with a larger banner demanding attendees "Tell The Truth".

Pictures on social media appeared to show scuffles with the police on that occasion, with protesters being dragged away from the red carpet. Extinction Rebellion said 14 of its members were arrested, but they were reportedly all released without charge.

Extinction Rebellion has some existing links to the advertising industry. William Skeaping, one of the organisation's key members, is a former senior employee at McCann London. Skeaping told The Drum he has been meeting with industry leaders to encourage them to do their bit on climate change.

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