$1M worth of jewels stolen from hotel near Cannes festival: Police
Police cars park outside a hotel during the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Friday May 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press
Published Friday, May 17, 2013 9:45AM EDT
PARIS -- 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.