Armed robbers have raided the Ritz Hotel in Paris and stolen jewellery thought to be worth millions of pounds. Two people were still being sought by authorities on Thursday evening. "Passers-by took refuge in the hotel".
No injuries were reported in the incident, although some reports on Twitter said that the robbers burst into the Hemingway bar in the hotel and fired their weapons.
Terrified guests at the hotel were left fearing for their lives as the attackers destroyed display cases inside a posh jewellery store at the hotel before making off with the stash.
Interior Minister Gérard Collomb also offered praise, saying they were "a credit to our police".
According to reports, two suspects escaped through a back door of the hotel at the luxurious Place Vendome, a site right beside the French Justice Ministry which is guarded 24 hours a day by armed police.
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The French capital's most high-profile recent jewellery theft was carried out in October 2016 against U.S. reality television star Kim Kardashian.
The loot is estimated to be worth more than $5.38 million.
One of the robbers, fleeing the scene on a bicycle, dropped a diamond-encrusted cross worth 30,000 euros, which was found by a passer-by a few hours later. It remains unclear if any of the jewellery has been recovered.
The five-star Ritz is one of the French capital's best-known hotels.