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Three handed preliminary charges in Paris Ritz robbery inquiry

Three suspects in the jewellery robbery that took place on the ground floor of the Ritz Hotel in Paris have been handed preliminary charges.

A judicial official said on Saturday that the three were jailed and put under investigation for organised armed robbery with threats and voluntary violence with arms in a group, among other charges.

Two alleged accomplices escaped after the Wednesday-evening heist.

Authorities have said they recovered all the stolen merchandise, which had an estimated value of about 4.5 million euro (£4 million).

According to police accounts, the three entered a service door, smashed jewellery stands with axes and threw bags of items out a window to accomplices who fled in a car and on a scooter.

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