Two sisters visiting Paris from Qatar were being driven from Le Bourget Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport when two masked men forced their vehicle to stop. The robbers sprayed tear gas at the driver and manhandled the women before taking their suitcases containing valuables.
"Everything in the vehicle: jewels, clothes, luggage" was taken, confirmed a police source.
The section of the motorway where the robbery took place is favored by criminals targeting luxury cars and wealthy-looking foreigners stuck in traffic jams.
Philippe Ginestet, chief executive of a French discount store chain, also went through a similar incident when leaving Le Bourget airport this month. He was traveling in a taxi with his wife when another car hit them from behind. When the taxi driver got out to look at the damage, three men wearing balaclavas emerged from their vehicle and stole the couple’s luggage, taking valuables worth about $106,000, including watches and jewelry.
But it’s not just a particular route that has become unsafe.
In October this year, U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian was tied up and robbed at gunpoint of jewelry worth up to $5.6-$6.7 million worth of jewels in a luxury apartment in the heart of Paris.
Later, would-be robbers also attacked Indian actress, Mallika Sherawat, and her partner with tear gas but had to flee empty-handed.
The French government has announced extra funding for the tourist industry, promising to install more surveillance cameras in areas of the capital targeted by robbers.