$1 million in jewels stolen near Cannes film fest

France Cannes Jewelry Theft
Police cars park outside a hotel during the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Friday May 17, 2013. A French police official says a thief or thieves stole about $1 million worth in jewelry inside a safe in a Novotel hotel room, against the backdrop of the Riviera resort town’s film festival. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

PARIS (AP) — A French police official says jewelry worth about $1 million has been stolen from a safe in a Cannes hotel room, against the backdrop of the Riviera resort town’s film festival.

Cmdr. Bernard Mascarelli, a judicial police spokesman in the nearby city of Nice, said a culprit or culprits ripped the safe out of the wall of the Novotel hotel room overnight where an employee of the Swiss-based watch and jewelry maker Chopard was staying.

A Paris-based spokeswoman for Chopard said the company declined comment.

Melissa Levine, a spokeswoman for Accor, the French hospitality giant behind the Novotel brand, also declined comment.

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