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‘Notorious’ jewel thief arrested in Spain

The French-Algerian robber, who made off with jewels worth €1m in May in Cannes, was picked up by Spanish police during another heist in Mallorca

'Notorious' jewel thief arrested in Spain
Police outside the Novotel Hotel in downtown Cannes after May's jewellery raid: Photo: AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat

A suspect in the theft of jewellery worth 1.4 million dollars (one million euros) during this year's Cannes Film Festival was arrested in June during a robbery on a Spanish island, sources confirming French newspaper reports said Sunday.

A 40-year-old French-Algerian man known as a notorious thief was caught in the act at a luxury hotel on the island of Mallorca on June 21 and taken into custody, Spanish police told AFP.

According to the Journal du Dimanche, the man was "formally recognised through images taken by cameras at the Novotel," the hotel in Cannes, France where the 1.4 million dollar theft occurred on May 17. The claim has not been confirmed.

"Comparisons were made" with theft from the Novotel, and the suspect was apparently "used to doing this kind of thing," said a source close to the investigation.

Chopard jewellery reportedly due to be loaned to film stars at Cannes was stolen from the hotel room of an American employee in a pre-dawn heist in May.

A strongbox containing jewels was ripped out of the wardrobe and carried off.

The jeweller redesigned the festival's Palme d'Or trophy and each year lends jewellery to stars for their walk up the red-carpeted steps at the Palais des Festivals.

French investigators would be able to interview the suspect when they received instructions from their Spanish counterparts, the source said.

Two men are being sought in connection with the Chopard jewellery theft, according to French police.

On Friday the safes of three rooms in the billionaires' resort of the Hotel de Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, east of Nice, were broken into and jewellery and other valuables estimated at 40,000 euros ($53,000) were stolen, the hotel's management said.

And on Wednesday, local prosecutors said two men armed with a grenade and gun burst into a Cannes store selling luxury watches and made off with 100 to 150 items, just a couple of blocks away from the Carlton hotel, the scene of a record $136 million (103 million euro) robbery a week ago.
 

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CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Netflix pulls out of Cannes festival over fears of being ‘disrespected’

Netflix's chief content officer said in an interview published Wednesday the streaming giant would not attend this year's Cannes Film Festival because of a change in French regulations.

Netflix pulls out of Cannes festival over fears of being 'disrespected'
Photo: AFP

Speaking to the industry magazine Variety, Ted Sarandos said the festival — whose selection will be made public Thursday — had instituted a new rule prohibiting any film without a theatrical distribution in France from competing for main prizes.

“We want our films to be on fair ground with every other filmmaker,” Sarandos said. “There's a risk in us going in this way and having our films and filmmakers treated disrespectfully at the festival.”

“They've set the tone. I don't think it would be good for us to be there.”

Netflix showed two films at the prestigious film festival last year — but triggered scandal over its refusal to show “Okja” in French cinemas before
distributing it for streaming to its subscribers.

The streaming giant also showed the film “The Meyerowitz Stories” by Noah Baumbach at the festival.

French law stipulates movies cannot be available for home streaming until three years after a cinematic premiere.

The timeline is considered largely obsolete due to a spike in piracy and streaming platforms in the United States like Netflix and Amazon.

Netflix has voiced willingness to taking films to French theaters — but refuses to wait three years to make it available on its platform.