Armed robbers steal millions from Ritz Paris hotel

Police in Paris are currently hunting for two armed men following this evening's raid

Police stand in Rue Cambon at the back entrance of the Ritz luxury hotel in Paris on 10 January, 2018, after an armed robbery.

Armed robbers have raided the Ritz Hotel in Paris and stolen jewellery thought to be worth millions of pounds.

Three of the gang were detained at the scene but two remained at large as of Thursday evening, a police source said. French newspaper Le Parisien, cited by Britain's The Independent, said an officer used a Taser to stop the three suspects. The outlet also reported the suspects carried axes and no one was injured.

A police office said that there were rich pickings for the daring thieves, adding: "World-famous jewellers display their jewellery at the Ritz".

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

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Another put the figure at €4.5 million (£3.98 million), but said that a bag had been recovered possibly containing some of the loot.

Coco Chanel lived there for more than 30 years while Marcel Proust, F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and King Edward VII were regulars.

The Luftwaffe set up their regional headquarters at the Ritz during the Second World War.

"Passers-by took refuge in the hotel".

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