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Armed robber hits Chopard jewellery store facing French president's residence

Published 11/12/2015

Police at the Chopard jewellery store in Paris (AP)
Police at the Chopard jewellery store in Paris (AP)

An armed man has robbed the famed Parisian jeweller Chopard, making off with gems worth around a million euros (£720,000).

The robbery took place across the street from the Elysee Palace, which is heavily guarded around the clock. Police said no one was injured.

Paris, with a wealth of fine jewellery stores catering to tourists and locals, is routinely struck by armed robbers, but thefts so close to the presidential palace - in one of the city's wealthiest neighbourhoods - are rare.

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