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Axe-wielding robbers stole jewellery on Wednesday possibly worth more than $5 million from a store in the famed Ritz Paris hotel, police said. The Paris police announced the information on its official Twitter, adding that two other suspects are still on the run.

Authorities have said that the thieves smashed the windows of the hotel, took the jewels, and attempted to flee the scene. It remains unclear if any of the jewellery has been recovered.

Three of the gang were detained while fleeing the scene and a journalist at the scene said some roads around the hotel were sealed off by security forces following the incident.

In more recent history however, the Ritz has become known as the place where Britain's Princess Diana spent her last hours before a auto accident in a tunnel in the French capital while being pursued by paparazzi.

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According to BBC, the hotel includes a gallery shopping area near its rear entrance, which it says hosts five shops and 95 "showcases", selling jewellery, watches and luxury clothing.

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

Princess Diana famously dined at the hotel with Dodi al Fayed before they both died in a tragic vehicle accident in the Pont de l'Alma underpass.


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