Ritz Paris robbery: Jewellery worth millions seized in armed heist

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The Ritz is among the most luxurious hotels in Paris

Armed robbers have seized millions of euros worth of merchandise from a jewellery shop at the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris.

Five men armed with axes smashed a window at the shop inside the hotel at about 18:00 local time (19:00 GMT), French media report.

Three men have been arrested, police said, while others remain on the run.

It is not clear whether any of the loot, estimated to be worth more than €4m (£3.5m), was recovered.

The luxurious Ritz is located in Place Vendôme, in Paris’ historical first district on the right bank of the river Seine.

The city’s police commissioner issued a statement on Twitter thanking officers for their quick reactions which led to the arrests of three men.

Eyewitnesses reported a heavy police presence in the area.

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