Mon, Jul 29, 2013 1:27 PM EDT 1:05
An armed robber stole gems worth $136 million in a weekend jewelery heist in the French Riviera resort of Cannes, making it the country's biggest gem theft. The prosecutor's office in the nearby city of Grasse issued the figure on Monday based on an inventory of pieces seized in broad daylight from a precious jewelery exhibition at the luxury Carlton Hotel. France called for the European Commission to make public its mandate to negotiate EU-U.S. free-trade talks, citing what it said was an atmosphere of mistrust over efforts to forge a landmark pact. A state prosecutor says the organizer of a diamond exhibit and sale has more than doubled the estimated value of diamond jewelry stolen in a brazen weekend heist at a luxury hotel on the French Riviera ? to some $136 million.