Armed robbers have carried out a daring raid at the luxury Ritz Hotel in Paris, seizing millions worth of jewels.
French police said five thieves, some of them armed, have stolen goods from a jewellery shop worth “an important sum”.
The French TV station BFM reported that £4.19 million worth of jewels had been taken.
It was not clear whether any of the loot has been recovered.
The men armed with axes smashed a window at the shop inside the hotel about 6pm GMT.
No-one was injured in the heist. Three robbers have been arrested, with the other two escaping.
The luxurious five-star Ritz is located in Place Vendôme, in Paris’ historical first district on the right bank of the river Seine. The ministry of justice lies next door.
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.