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Hotel boss kidnapped in French resort town Cannes

The head of a five-star hotel in the French resort town of Cannes was kidnapped on Monday, the local prosecutor said.

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Jacqueline Veyrach, 76, president of the Grand Hotel in Cannes, was seized from her car in the middle of the day near her home in Nice, said prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre.

Her attackers forced her from her black 4x4 into another car, while several passers-by looked on, a source close to the case said.

"A woman of that age, kidnapped in those conditions -- we are all very concerned," the prosecutor said.

A police enquiry has been opened to apprehend the "organised gang" members and secure the victim's safe return.

It's not the first time Veyrach has been the target of a kidnapping gang. In 2013 there was an attempt to abduct her in front of her garage.
 

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