Robbers steal millions in jewels from Ritz hotel in Paris

A general view of the scene after axe-wielding robbers stole jewellery on Wednesday from a store in the famed Ritz Paris hotel in Paris France

"Armed robbery at the Ritz: three of the presumed thieves already arrested by police from the 2nd arrondissement", Collomb wrote.

Wednesday's robbery comes 18 months after the Ritz reopened to guests after almost four years of renovations and a major fire.

Three of them were tasered and arrested by police outside the hotel but two others managed get away on scooters.

The French TV station BFM reported that £4.19 million worth of jewels had been taken.

French police said five thieves, some of them armed, have stolen goods from a jewellery shop worth "an important sum".

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

"He had an axe in his hand".

It is believed that up to five men smashed windows during the raid at the famous Parisian hotel located on Place Vendôme. The Ritz was the former home of legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel and a favorite drinking spot for American writer Ernest Hemingway.

Hemingway famously "liberated" the bar after arriving in Parison a tank at the end of the German Occupation in 1944.

The Ritz, which re-opened in 2016 after a four-year refurbishment, and is owned by the Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed. It was the last place Princess Diana stayed before her fatal auto crash in a Paris tunnel, and hosts elite guests from around the world who prize the refined neighborhood.

Several high-end Paris jewellery shops have been targets of dramatic robberies in recent years, including Cartier, Harry Winston and Chopard.

A superior room costs from £885 a night, while a "grand deluxe" room starts at £1,240.

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