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British-born singer and actress Jane Birkin joined a protest on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival yesterday to highlight the ordeal of the survivors of Myanmar's cyclone disaster.

"The actors and directors here in Cannes are extremely receptive, like all of us, to the sufferings of the world," she told AFP.

The 50 protesters, who included Burmese Buddhist monks, held a rally near festival headquarters in the town's main square to denounce the slow response of Myanmar's military junta to help the two million survivors in dire need.

The head of this year's Cannes jury, U.S. actor-director Sean Penn, last week also criticized the inefficiency of the junta's response to the disasters.

Cyclone Nargis has left at least 133,000 dead or missing, according to Myanmar state figures.

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