Thieves strike again with €40,000 Riviera raid

In a week of jewellery heists on the French Riviera, another theft has been reported at the billionaires' resort of the Hotel de Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, east of Nice.

Thieves strike again with €40,000 Riviera raid
Police investigate outside the Carlton Hotel in Cannes following a €40m jewels raid in late July. Photo: AFP/Valery Hache

The safes of three rooms at the hotel were broken into and jewellery and other valuables estimated at 40,000 euros ($53,000) were stolen, the hotel management reported on Friday evening.

Police blocked the roads on the Cap Ferrat peninsula but the thief or thieves escaped.

The theft comes after a string of jewel robberies in the nearby resort of Cannes, including a record $136 million (103 million euro) theft from an exhibition at the luxury Carlton hotel last weekend, one of the world's biggest jewellery heists.

Then on Wednesday two men armed with a grenade and a gun burst into a Cannes store selling luxury watches and made off with items worth one to 1.5 million euros.

Friday's small-size theft of jewels is the kind that happens frequently during the summer holidays in the French Mediterranean resorts, local police said.

Cannes was also hit with a wave of jewellery robberies during its annual film festival in May.

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Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid

The Cannes Film Festival has been rescheduled for July 6th to 17th - postponed by around two months due to the ongoing virus crisis, organisers said on Wednesday.

Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid
The 2018 Palme d'Or winner Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda posing for the cameras at the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual highlight for movie lovers in France. Photo: AFP

“As announced last autumn, the Festival de Cannes reserved the right to change its dates depending on how the global health situation developed,” they said in a statement.

“Initially scheduled from 11th to 22nd May 2021, the Festival will therefore now take place from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th July 2021.”

The festival was cancelled last year, while rival European events in Berlin and Venice went ahead under strict health restrictions.

The Berlin Film Festival, which usually kicks off in February, said last month it would run this year's edition in two stages, an online offering for industry professionals in March and a public event in June.

France has closed all cinemas, theatres and show rooms alongside cafés, bars and restaurants as part of its Covid-19 health measures and the government has pushed back their reopening date until further notice due to rising levels of viral spread across the country.

The Cannes festival normally attracts some 45,000 people with official accreditations, of whom around 4,500 are journalists.

It had only been cancelled once before, due to the outbreak of war in 1939.

Its Film Market, held alongside the main competition, is the industry's biggest marketplace for producers, distributors, buyers and programmers.

Last year, the festival still made an official selection of 56 films – including the latest offerings from Wes Anderson, Francois Ozon and Steve McQueen – allowing them to use the “Cannes official selection” label.