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Two Qatari women have been robbed in a 5 million euro heist on a Paris motorway, it has emerged.
The two victims, in their 60s, were being driven from Le Bourget airport in a Bentley when two men in a car ordered them to park at a petrol station on the A1, north east of the capital.
Robbers then attacked the driver and two terrified tourists with pepper spray before forcing open the boot of the luxury vehicle.
They seized jewellery, clothes and leather goods in a haul valued at 5million euros, according to local reports.
The incident unfolded at about 9pm last night shortly after the women had been landed in their private jet.
The identity of the victims is not yet known and an investigation is underway.
It is the latest in a long line of high-value robberies to hit France and comes just weeks after reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in a Paris flat.
Ms Kardashian was attacked by a gang of five robbers who got away with millions of pounds worth of jewels on October 3.
She and a security guard had guns pointed at their heads and were tied up by the gang, who are still at large.
In August 2014, the convoy of a Saudi Prince was also held up as it made its way to Le Bourget.
Up to eight robbers driving BMWs hijacked the first vehicle in the convoy and sped off with its three occupants before letting them go.
In March last year robbers launched an audacious raid on two armoured trucks on a busy motorway in a crime linked to a notorious gang known as the Pink Panthers.
Jewels worth at least £7million were stolen by armed robbers who struck at a toll booth on the route linking Paris to the South of France.
The daring raid took place just after midnight as the security trucks approached the toll at Avallon in Burgundy, 125 miles south-east of Paris on the A6.
Thieves used gas sprays to knock out the two armed guards in each lorry. The guards were pulled from their cabs and dumped by the toll booth.
The methods used in the robbery immediately led to speculation that the Pink Panthers – a notorious gang of criminals from Eastern Europe – had struck again.
The gang earned their name in 1993 after stealing a £500,000 diamond from a jewellers in Mayfair, London, and hiding it in a jar of face cream – a tactic copied from the 1963 film The Pink Panther, starring Peter Sellers as the bungling Inspector Clouseau.
2016.11.22 / 16:59