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Paris smash-and-grab thieves snatch luxury haul from Russian tourists

Three Russian tourists were robbed of thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry and luxury clothing shortly after landing at a Paris airport for private jets.

Paris smash-and-grab thieves snatch luxury haul from Russian tourists
Le Bourget airport where the Russian tourists had landed in a private jet. Photo: Mathieu Marquet

The tourists were in a taxi leaving the Bourget airport north of Paris at around 10:30 pm (0830 GMT) on Monday when they were struck by a car carrying four people wearing ski masks, the sources said.

The thieves made off with three suitcases that the victims said contained items worth $500,000 to $1 million (430,000 to 864,000 euros). Nobody was 
injured.

Hit-and-run as well as “snatching” robberies targeting taxis and other cars heading to and from Paris airports have become a common tactic in recent years 
by thieves hoping to strike big-spending tourists.

On April 15, 2015, three thieves made off with a handbag containing four million euros worth of Chanel jewels in a smash-and-grab attack on a taxi carrying a Taiwanese art collector.

In February, 2017, a Russia couple were robbed of jewellery and luxury goods worth some 100,000 euros when their chauffeur-driven car was forced off the road by robbers near Le Bourget airport.

In March, 14 youths suspected of carrying out 88 such attacks over little more than a year were arrested by French police.

Chinese tourists staying in hotels near the capital's two main airports, Charles de Gaulle-Roissy and Orly, are often targeted in particular given 
their reputation for carrying large amounts of cash.

The Bourget airport serves only corporate and private jets favoured by wealthy travellers.

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French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.

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