Thieves pinch Swiss jewels from Cannes

Thieves pinch Swiss jewels from Cannes
US actress Eva Longoria poses on Friday at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Photo: AFP
Jewellery worth more than $1 million made by Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweller Chopard and due to be loaned to stars walking the red carpet at the Cannes film festival were stolen from a hotel, French police said on Friday.

Thieves broke into the room of a Chopard employee, opened a safe and made off with the jewels, police said.

The robbery took place at the Novotel hotel in the centre of Cannes.
Geneva-based Chopard is one of the official sponsors of the festival.

The jeweller redesigned the festival's Palme d'Or award and each year creates jewellery sets for the "mounting the steps" ritual of movie stars and directors.

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