Police in the south of France say jewels stolen by an armed robber at a hotel in Cannes on Sunday were worth more than 100 million euros.
If confirmed, that figure is said to make the heist the biggest ever in France and on a par with the world record.
The Carlton, on the French Riviera’s Croisette waterfront promenade, had been housing a temporary exhibition of jewels belonging to the Israeli billionaire and diamond mogul Lev Leviev.
A robber wearing gloves and with his face hidden by a scarf held staff up at gunpoint on Sunday, making off with jewellery and diamond encrusted watches.
The hotel was used as a filming location in Hitchcock’s 1955 film “To Catch a Thief”, starring Cary Grant as a cat burglar.