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Latest update : 2013-07-31

Jewels worth $1 million in total were stolen from a hotel room in Cannes during the southern French city's famous film festival, French police said on Friday. The jewels were to be lent to movie stars.

A stash of jewels worth $1 million was stolen from a hotel room in Cannes Thursday night, French police said on Friday.

Thieves broke into the room of a Chopard employee, opened a safe and made off with the jewels, they said. The robbery took place at the Novotel hotel in the centre of Cannes.

Police said the safe containing the jewels was pulled off the wall, and the thief or thieves carried it away.

The jewels were going to be lent to movie stars visiting the famed Cannes Film Festival, which began on May 16.

Chopard is one of the official sponsors of the glamorous festival. The jeweller redesigned the festival's Palme d'Or award and each year creates jewellery for the red carpet.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-05-17

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