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The five biggest jewellery heists France has ever seen
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The five biggest jewellery heists France has ever seen

AFP · 3 Oct 2016, 15:04

Published: 03 Oct 2016 15:04 GMT+02:00

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The biggest French jewellery heist ever occurred in July 2013, when robbers attacked an exhibition of "Extraordinary Diamonds" at the Carlton hotel in Cannes and made off with an estimated €103 million in jewels.
Here are the top five jewellery thefts from individuals:
Highway robbery 
On July 4, 1993, cash and jewellery worth an estimated €8.5 million in today's currency was stolen from MGM shareholder Marvin Davis and his wife on a road near Antibes, on the French Riviera.
Four gunmen blocked their limousine and escaped with a briefcase the US couple had with them.
Bag grab 
On February 15, 2010, a thief stole a handbag with €4.5 million in jewels from the daughter of the mayor of Kiev while she was arriving in Paris.
Christina Chernovetska was travelling from Charles De Gaulle airport in a chauffeur-driven car when a man approached the vehicle and grabbed the bag in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.
Smash and grab
On April 15, 2015, three thieves made off with a handbag containing €4.0 million worth of Chanel jewels in a smash and-grab attack on a taxi between Paris and Charles De Gaulle airport.
The victim was a Taiwanese art collector and the theft took place in the 1.3km- (0.8 mile-) long Landy tunnel, notorious for robberies of tourists stuck in traffic.
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Saudis robbed 
On August 20, 1996, robbers attacked three Saudis on a road near Antibes, on the Riviera coast, making off with jewellery worth the equivalent of €3.0 million.
Villa burglary 
On August 5, 1995, a Saudi businessman who had rented a villa in Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riviera was robbed of jewellery worth the equivalent of €3.0 million.
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