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Jewels stolen from Cannes hotel were worth over '100 million euros'

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Jewels stolen from Cannes hotel were worth over '100 million euros'

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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.