Jeanne Augier, owner of French ho­tel loved by stars, aged 95

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

The mil­lion­aire owner of a French Riviera ho­tel pop­u­lar with celebri­ties and roy­alty has died at the age of 95.

A spokesman for the Ho­tel Ne­gresco in Nice an­nounced that Jeanne Augier, right, died on Mon­day, af­ter tak­ing over the ho­tel in 1957 and work­ing to “ex­tend its in­flu­ence through­out France and the world”.

Guests at the ho­tel in­cluded The Bea­tles, Sir El­ton John, Sal­vador Dali and the Sul­tan of Brunei.

The Ne­gresco was also known for thou­sands of works of art and an­tique fur­ni­ture col­lected by Ms Augier.

Flags flew at half-mast yes­ter­day in an ex­tended mourn­ing pe­riod de­clared by the ho­tel, whose art nou­veau fa­cade and pink dome dom­i­nate the el­e­gant Prom­e­nade des Anglais on the Nice shore­line.

Ms Augier died with­out heirs and le­gal dis­putes are re­port­edly un­der way about what will hap­pen to the ho­tel.

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