Jewellery worth millions stolen from Ritz hotel in Paris

Masked attackers raided the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Paris at 6.30pm local time smashing their way into the luxury hotel

Five robbers, some of them armed, entered the luxury hotel and stole goods worth "an important sum", French police said. Two people were still being sought by authorities on yesterday evening. No one was hurt in the incident, police said. Local media reports, citing police sources, put the value of the jewels at around 4.5 million euros (US$5,300,000).

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

Paris prosecutors have opened a probe into the robbery, according to a judicial source. Interestingly, the ministry of justice is adjacent to it. Three men were charged in connection with that heist.

Thieves have carried out a dramatic heist at the Ritz hotel in Paris, making off with jewellery reportedly worth millions of pounds.

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It is not clear whether any of the loot, estimated to be worth more than €4m ($NZ6.6m), was recovered.

The landmark Paris Ritz hotel re-opened its palatial doors to guests in 2016 after almost four years of renovations and a major fire.

The former home of fashion designer Coco Chanel and author Marcel Proust, the Ritz was a favourite drinking hole of American writer Ernest Hemingway.

The luxurious five-star Ritz is located in Place Vendôme, in Paris' historical first district on the right bank of the river Seine.