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Stars give Cannes a shoeing for flat refusal

By Louise Jury

Some of Hollywood's top stars have criticised Cannes organisers after women were refused entrance to a film premiere because they were wearing flat shoes.

Ushers enforcing an effective no-flats policy were reported to have turned away female guests wearing rhinestone sandals at Sunday's premiere of Carol, the lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Emily Blunt, who is in Cannes promoting Mexican crime thriller Sicario, said the incident was "very disappointing". She said that every time it looked as though women were advancing in the film industry, there appeared to be another step backwards.

Although she admitted she would be wearing heels under a long dress, she said: "Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. That's my point of view."

A Cannes official said: "There is no specific mention about the height of the women's heels. What is mentioned on the tickets for gala screenings is: tuxedo, formal dress."

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