Armed robbery at jewelry store in the Ritz hotel in Paris

Armed robbery at jewelry store in the Ritz hotel in Paris

Police arrested three of the gang at the hotel in Place Vendome, but two robbers remain at large.

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.

An eye-witness told Mirror Online that a bartender rushed guests into the kitchen to hide from the attackers who were smashing display cases filled with high-value items in a jewellery store inside the hotel.

The hotel includes a gallery shopping area near its rear entrance, which it says hosts five shops and 95 "showcases", selling jewellery, watches and luxury clothing.

"Two others got out the back door of the hotel, and were seen running away, and then getting on mopeds".

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The jewels stolen are thought to be worth up to €4.7 million.

"We heard at least 10 rounds of gunfire so everyone dove behind the bar where we stayed there for about six minutes". He had an axe in his hand.

The Ritz was the last building Princess Diana and Mr al Fayed's son, Dodi, left before their auto journey that ended in tragedy under the Pont de l'Alma on 31 August 1997.

The hotel was bought in 1979 by Mohamed Al-Fayed, whose son Dodi was also killed in the fatal crash.

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