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Cannes film festival suffers $1 million jewelry theft

Posted May 18, 2013 by Layne Weiss
Over $1 million worth of jewels were stolen from a hotel in Cannes, according to French police. Initially, the jewels were thought to be loaned to the stars at the annual Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera.
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According to BBC News, the jewels were stolen from the employee of exclusive Swiss jewelers Chopard in the early hours of Friday morning.
Chopard has been an official sponsor of the Festival for 16 years. Throughout the years, some of the most glamorous stars have been seeing wearing Chopard jewels.
Police say the thieves ripped the safe which contained the jewels from a wall of the room at the Novotel hotel.
No one from Chopard was available for comment when contacted by Sky News.
A company spokewoman Raffaela Rossielo, insisted the value of the jewels had been exaggerated and the "jewelry stolen is not part of the collection worn by actresses during the Cannes Film Festival.
According to officials, the events prized possession, the event's top award, The Palm D'or, was not stolen.
This is not the first major robbery in Cannes. During last year's festival, the international Senegalese footballers, Souleymane Diawara and Mamadou Niang had four luxury watches worth about 340,000 euros stolen from their villas on the outskirts of Cannes, The Guardian reports. In February of this year, in broad daylight, thieves robbed a shop on the Croisette and got away with 150 luxury watches estimated to be worth about 800,000 euros. In 2009, an armed gang stole several million pounds worth of jewels from a Cartier shop on the Croisette.
This year's robbery happened just a few hours after the showing of Sofia Coppola's, "The Bling Ring".