Raided Cannes hotel is famous for Hitchcock heist theft

The lobby of the Carlton Hotel, which hosted Cary Grant and Grace Kelly during filming in 1954, a year before the film's release. Credit: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The Carlton Hotel, which has seen £34m worth of jewels stolen in broad daylight by an armed robber, earned its place in movie history for its association with jewellery theft.

The French Riviera resort provided the setting for Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 heist-thriller To Catch A Thief, which starred Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

The Carlton built a close relationship with the film industry and now plays a central role in the annual Cannes Film Festival.

The advertising spots on the side of the Carlton Hotel are sought after during the Cannes festival. Credit: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

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Cannes jewels 'worth £88m'

The estimated value of jewels stolen from the Carlton Hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes has been raised to $136million (£88m), the Associated Press reports, citing a French prosecutor.