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The Cannes Film Festival has officially confirmed the announcement of its Official Selection for its 73rd edition, running May 12 to 23, will take place as scheduled on April 16 in Paris. 

“The Official Selection will be unveiled by Thierry Frémaux, Festival de Cannes General Delegate, in attendance of its President Pierre Lescure, on Thursday, April 16th 2020 11 am CET, at the UGC Normandie during a press conference,” the festival said in a statement. 

The statement came amid mounting film industry speculation over whether the 2020 edition of the festival and its Marché du Film will be able to take place due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

France has been one the hardest hit European territories so far after Italy. As of Friday morning, there were 423 cases of the illness across France and seven related deaths. 

The festival statement said, however, that there had been no let up in accreditation requests for the…

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