Cannes Filch Festival
Annually descended upon by the rich and famous in the name of glamour and movie promotion, the Cannes Film Festival basks in global envy every summer. But a spate of high value robberies is making it something of a filch festival. This year one of the biggest gem thefts in recent European history took place when over $100 million in jewellery was stolen from the Carlton Hotel in the famous French resort.
The Kronometry store, which sells a range of luxury timepieces and is located opposite the town's Palais des Festivals et des Congres building that hosts the annual film festival, has been hit twice by robbers in 2013. In july a pair of thieves threatened staff with a gun and a hand grenade before making off with approximately 40 watches. This followed a robbery in February at the same shop when €1 million was also taken.
The last theft was carried out by a man who was dressed like a tourist in sunglasses and a hat, who was then joined by a second thief armed with a hand-gun. There were no injuries, except perhaps to the nerves of the insurance company bosses.
The Carlton Hotel was previously robbed in 1994, when gunmen stole €58 million worth of jewellery and watches. Also this year a necklace by Swiss jeweller De Grisogono, with an estimated value of €1.9 million disappeared at a celebrity party in the resort town of Cap d'Antibes, and more than €777,000 worth of jewels were taken from the hotel room of an employee of exclusive Swiss jewellers Chopard. Security measures must be in serious review as Cannes is becoming much like the set of a high octane heist movie.