- Asia Argento alleged Weinstein raped her in his suite during Cannes
- This year, the organisers have set-up a hotline for victims or witnesses
- Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 8 to May 19
"One of the rapes that Harvey Weinstein is accused of happened at Cannes, and so the festival cannot not act," the minister told AFP.
Weinstein has been accused of four sexual assaults at Cannes in previous years, including the rape of the Italian actress Asia Argento in his luxury hotel suite when she was 21.
Schiappa said the measures were being put in place not just to protect actresses but all women working in or around the film industry.
Although this year's jury to decide the Palme d'Or top prize is being headed by Australian actress Cate Blanchett, Cannes has faced criticism about its attitude to women in the past, with rows over the need to wear high heels on the red carpet.
In a year when the #MeToo movement has dominated the headlines, only three female directors made the shortlist of 18 competing in the main competition.
The Icelandic star Bjork said in October that he had harassed her on the set of Dancer in the Dark, the musical for which she won best actress at Cannes in 2000.
With only a tiny percentage of Hollywood films directed by women, the French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen has been calling for women to be given more control behind the camera.
She and her Swedish opposite number intent to launch a international fund to help women directors during the festival, which runs from May 8 to 19.
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