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In pictures: Star power on full wattage at Cannes

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  • Stars of all shades are irresistibly drawn to the glamour of Cannes Film Festival
  • Their film may be in competition or they may just be looking to have a good time
  • With all eyes trained on the red carpet at the Palais, it's a publicity goldmine
By Mairi Mackay
CNN
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(CNN) -- Like the swarms of snapping paparazzi that constantly surround them, stars of all shades are irresistibly drawn (or contractually obliged) to show face at Cannes -- quite simply, when the world's most prestigious film festival turns the wattage up to full, there's nowhere more glamorous.

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Their film may be in competition; they may be announcing an upcoming project; they may need to be there to represent a brand; or they may simple come to mingle with the beautiful people that fill up the swanky hotels lining the Croisette.

Whatever the reason, with the eyes of the world trained on the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals, if you're looking for a bit of publicity there's no better place.

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