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Armed robbers stage luxury watch heist in Paris: Sources

Published on Dec 6, 2013 12:54 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Armed robbers on Thursday raided a jewellery store near the posh Place Vendome in Paris, making off with luxury watches worth 800,000 euros (S$1.37 million), a source close to the investigation said.

Brandishing hand guns, they threatened the employees of the outlet in the heart of the French capital, the source said.

France has witnessed a series of robberies of luxury jewellery stores recently, including a brazen attack by axe- and sledgehammer-wielding men at a Vacheron Constantin store near Place Vendome. They stole watches worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

Other heists have taken place in the fashionable Riviera playground of Cannes.

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