Associated Press

French actress Catherine Deneuve was booed during a stage performance in Italy by people demanding a refund.

Deneuve, 65, and Italian actor Michele Placido performed a reading in French and Italian at the cultural festival in Marina di Pietrasanta, Tuscany, which was greeted by whistles and boos, the ANSA news agency reported Thursday.

Police had to intervene Wednesday to calm down about 200 people shouting, "Thieves. We want our money back," ANSA said. Organizers responded by offering free tickets to another show at the festival as compensation, the news agency said.

Placido suggested afterward that it might have been "a mistake" to have Deneuve read her part in French without subtitles.

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