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Armed robbers loot jewellery worth millions in Paris

Armed robbers loot jewellery worth millions in Paris

French police have recovered all the jewels that a gang of thieves attempted to snatch from a store in the upscale Paris Ritz hotel, a source close to the investigation said on Thursday.

In March 2016, two robbers stole an estimated six million euros worth of jewels from luxury fashion brand Chopard after threatening employees with a gun and grenade.

More jewels and watches were found in a bag dropped by one of the two robbers who got away, another source added, without being able to give an estimate for the value of the goods retrieved.

Three suspects have been arrested by the police for the armed robbery. The getaway auto was found about 20 km north of Paris in an area where the three arrested came from. It was at the Ritz that Diana, Princess of Wales, spent her last night in 1997 before the vehicle crash that killed her and her lover Dodi Fayed, son of the hotel's owner Mohammed al-Fayed.

The hotel first opened in 1898 and was the first Paris hotel to boast electricity on all floors and bathrooms that were inside rooms.

Wednesday's robbery took place 18 months after the hotel re-opened its palatial doors to guests after almost four years of renovations and a massive fire.

Two accomplices waiting outside were thrown some booty and escaped by auto and motorbike.

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One of the two accomplices escaped in a auto that was found abandoned north of Paris.

The hotel's management has declined to comment on the robbery.

Interior minister Gerard Collomb praised officers' "professionalism" saying they had "done our police force credit".

Place Vendome, with its opulent window displays, has been the scene of several audacious daytime raids.

France has found itself repeatedly in the headlines for high-profile robberies, particularly in Paris and on the Cote d'Azur.

The losses in those attacks ranged from 420,000 euros to two million euros.

The French capital's most high-profile recent jewellery theft was carried out in October 2016 against United States reality television star Kim Kardashian.


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