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R24m necklace stolen at Cannes

Actress Fan Bingbing poses during a photocall presenting the 'Green Carpet Collection' by luxury brand Chopard during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Actress Fan Bingbing poses during a photocall presenting the 'Green Carpet Collection' by luxury brand Chopard during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Published May 24, 2013

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Cannes, France - A diamond necklace worth close to 2 million euros (about R24,7m) has been stolen on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, the second such jewellery theft at the event in a week, French radio reported Thursday.

The necklace from Swiss jeweller De Grisogono was stolen during a gala event organized by the company at a luxury hotel in Cap d'Antibes, about 13 kilometres from Cannes, France Info radio said, quoting the jeweller.

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Several celebrities, including US socialite Paris Hilton, had attended the event.

Police were investigating the theft. The necklace, which was reportedly under the protection of a private security company, is said to be valued at 1 924 000 euros.

De Grisogono was not immediately available for comment.

Last week, a case of jewellery worth around 1.4 million dollars belonging to Chopard jewellery designer was snatched from a hotel in the centre of Cannes.

Police are still searching for the burglars. - Sapa-dpa

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