Windows [L-R], were smashed as the robbers forced their way in
Local radio station RTL said three of the raiders were arrested at the scene, but two members of the gang escaped through a back door and fled on scooters.
Gunshots heard as Ritz Carlton hotel in Paris raided by axe-wielding robbers who stole £4m in jewellery.
Five men smashed windows at the famous Ritz-Carlton hotel to steal the goods – with two suspects currently being hunted by cops after they managed to flee.
No one was injured in the robbery at the five-star hotel but terrified guests were told ‘get down’ as shots rang out.
A source said: “The attackers used axes to smash open reinforced glass cases containing jewellery while filling bags.
“As they tried to get away, police officers arrived and three of the robbers were pulled to the ground and then arrested.
Police investigate the points where the robbers smashed their way into the five star hotel through a window
Police at the scene of the robbery. Two members of the gang were spotted escaping from the scene on scooters. Police in Paris have launched a man hunt
Cops arrested three suspects at the hotel
“Two others got out the back door of the hotel and were seen running away, and then getting on mopeds.”
A tourist reports heating bartenders at the Hemingway bar yelling at people to “get down” as the masked men smashed their way into the hotel.
She added: “One man wearing a ski mask ran from the bar door to the front of the bar right past my father. He had an axe in his hand.
“We heard at least 10 rounds of gunfire so everyone dove behind the bar where we stayed there for about six minutes.”
Crime Scene: The Ritz-Carlton is a super luxury hotel located in the center of Paris
Writer Frédéric Beigbeder, who wrote prize-winning 9/11 book Windows on the World took refuge in a basement as the armed robbers wooped on the hotel.
Le Figaro quotes a police source as saying that the robbers took a haul of around 4.5 million euro worth of jewels.
The Ritz-Carlton is located in the 1st arrondissement and overlooks the Place Vendôme, has quite a pedigree.
It is known as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world with 159 rooms and re-opened in 2016 and it underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment.
The Hemingway Bar is named after the American writer Ernest Hemingway, who used to drink there with friends including Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald and the actor Gary Cooper.
The hotel was bought in 1979 by Mohamed Al-Fayed, whose son Dodi was also killed in the fatal crash with Princess Diana. The pair had dined in the hotel’s Imperial Suite on August 31, 1997, shortly before her tragic death in a car crash in Paris.
Its retail gallery boasts several jewellers’ as well as designer goods shops.
A superior room at the hotel costs from $1,200 a night, while a “grand deluxe” room could set guests back $1,675 per night.
Masked attackers raided the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Paris at 6.30pm local time smashing their way into the luxury hotel
The raiders broke their way into the exclusive hotel using axes and sledgehammers
Shots were heard as at least five raiders rushed into the five-star ‘palace’ brandishing weapons, as panicked staff and guests were told to lie on the floor.
Police are currently hunting the rest of the gang who managed to escape.