Axe-wielding thieves rob luxury Paris hotel

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French police are searching for a team of thieves who robbed a luxury Paris hotel.

Two men wearing ski masks and gloves entered the Peninsula hotel, just a short distance from the Arc de Triomph, shortly after midnight and held employees at gunpoint, police sources said.

One of the attackers then used an axe to break into four display cases, making off with items worth a total of €350,000 to €400,000.

An accomplice then drove them away in a car that was found burning shortly afterwards in the suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of the capital.

No shots were fired and no one was injured in the robbery, the sources said.

France’s organized crime brigade has taken over the inquiry.

Luxury Paris hotels have been the target of several robberies in recent years, as have jewellery stores and wealthy tourists visiting the city.

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