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Millions in gems stolen in gun raid at Paris Ritz hotel

Millions in gems stolen in gun raid at Paris Ritz hotel

Although police managed to arrest three suspects in central Paris, but at least two others got away, a police official told the media.

It was approximately 6:00PM French time when five armed men broke a shop window inside the hotel and stole approximately $5.33 million AUD worth of jewellery.

A woman who witnessed armed robbers storm into the Ritz Hotel in Paris to steal items with millions of pounds has described her "total panic" as it unfolded.

French police said Thursday some of the jewels stolen from the upscale Ritz Hotel in Paris have been found, while authorities were still searching for two suspects involved in the robbery.

The store also opens into the five-star Hotel Ritz.

A police team in charge of patrolling the square - home to some of Paris' top jewellers and watchmakers, as well as the justice ministry - was quickly on the scene.

They then proceeded to smash the windows on the ground floor before making off with the jewels.

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The hotel includes a shopping area near its rear entrance, which has five luxury shops and 95 "showcases' of jewellery and luxury clothing".

The city's police commissioner issued a statement on Twitter thanking officers for their quick reactions, which led to the arrest of three men.

Eyewitnesses reported a heavy police presence in the area.

According to AFP, a hotel employee said: "We heard a loud noise and lots of racket in the street".

Frédéric Beigbeder, a writer, was among guests drinking in the hotel's Hemingway bar who took refuge in the basement when the robbers burst in.

'There were initial fears that a terrorist attack was going on, but it soon became clear that it was a robbery.

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