Mezcal seized at Mexican Cannes party

Police raided a glitzy Cannes party thrown by Mexico's Palme d'Or contender Carlos Reygadas, seizing a shipment of the traditional alcoholic drink mezcal, one of his producers said Friday.

The Mexican embassy in Paris had sent the party Thursday night several dozen bottles of mezcal in a diplomatic case, Jean Labadie, head of Le Pacte which co-produced Reygadas' festival entry "Post Tenebras Lux", told AFP.

"We were in our dinner jackets and were unable to produce the paperwork proving the origin of the mezcal," an alcohol distilled from the agave plant which grows in many parts of Mexico, he said.

Contacted by AFP, the Mexican embassy in Paris confirmed the mezcal was sent to Cannes, via diplomatic channels, by the Mexican film institute.

Some 30 police and customs officials raided the Chateau du Suquet, a mansion overlooking the Riviera city, where the party was being held, and seized the Mexican alcohol, Labadie said.

"The whole villa was searched. The buffets were destroyed and the food chucked in the bin. They banned the waiters from serving anything, even water. It was rather excessive," he said.

"It was stressful, but our guests ended up laughing about the situation -- and they will certainly remember the party!"

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