Axe-wielding robbers in spectacular €4m jewelry heist at Paris Ritz

Two suspected thieves are still on the run according to a police source

A local Paris newspaper reported that the robbery was interrupted by a police officer who was on patrol, yet still, two of the assailants were able to escape as they drove away on a motorised scooter.

Authorities have said that the thieves smashed the windows of the hotel, took the jewels, and attempted to flee the scene.

The three suspects were arrested near the chic Place Vendome in central Paris but none of the jewels or other items has been recovered so far.

French police said the stolen goods, thought to be jewels, amount to "an important sum".

Nik said: "My parents and I were sitting at the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz for a drink and we were about to leave when we heard shouting from the bartenders to get down".

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She added: "One man wearing a ski mask ran from the bar door to the front of the bar right past my father".

"World famous jewellers display their jewellery at the Ritz", a police spokesman told Sky News.

Mohammed al Fayed bought the hotel in 1979 and carried out major renovations to bring it back to its original popularity.

The five-star Ritz is one of the French capital's best-known hotels.

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

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