Jewellery heist, shooting take shine off Cannes galmour

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Cannes (France), May 18: Twin incidents took shine off the glamorous Cannes Film Festival on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

The first news that rocked Cannes was that jewellery worth over $1million belonging to Swiss firm Chopard were stolen from a hotel room in Cannes. The jewellery was stolen from a safe in the Suite Novotel hotel on Boulevard Carnot in Cannes on Thursday night, Nice police sources said.

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A Chopard employee was there in the room but she discovered after returning from dinner that the safe containing the jewellery was missing. The entire screw was unscrewed and carried out, police said. No detailed description was received about the stolen jewels.

The jewels were supposed to be loaned to celebrities for photo sessions.

Chopard is an official sponsor of the festival and is promoting its Red Carpet Collection 2013 at this year's meet with a number of actors sporting its jewels.

On Friday. a man was arrested after firing a gun loaded with blanks while a live television interview was on, sending an Oscar-winning actor running for shelter.

Canal+, a French television channel was taking interviews of Christoph Waltz, the actor who won the Academy Award for best-supporting actor in Django Unchained and actor Daniel Auteuil, when a man started firing two shots from a starter pistol, according to sources.

The man allegedly had a dummy grenade also and television footage and photographs showed Waltz and Auteuil being escorted offstage while other attendees running for cover.

The incident, which occurred on the main boulevard in Cannes, interrupted the proceedings for some time. Canal+ anchor Michel Denisot returned later on the air and confirmed that the shots were blanks and the grenade was fake.

The Cannes festival brings together the rich and famous from various parts of the world for movie screenings and dashing parties.

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