IN a brazen daylight heist on one of the busiest motorways leading into Paris, two wealthy sisters from oil-rich Qatar have been robbed of a mind-boggling AU$7m worth of personal treasures they were carrying with them.
The women’s chauffeur-driven Bentley limo had just left the Le Bourget airport when a following car forced the Bentley off the motorway and into a breakdown bay. Several masked men pumped the limo full of tear-gas and then made off with luggage containing jewellery and clothing worth EUR 5 million (AU$7.1 million) – with not a passing motorist stopping to assist the women and their chauffeur.
French gendarmes said they were shocked but not surprised at the heist, as wealthy foreigners were often targets for robberies on the congested and slowly-moving motorways.
Just weeks ago, they said, a company CEO was bailed-up in his taxi from Le Bourget and robbed of personal items worth EUR 100,000 (nearly AU$142,000,) and three robbers forced the car of a Korean art collector off the same motorway and stole EUR 4 million (nearly AU$5.7 million) worth of jewellery he had with him.
And they also pointed out that armed robbers in October had stalked American TV star Kim Kardashian who was visiting Paris, and then broken into her hotel room where they bound, gagged and locked her in her bathroom, and made off with US$11 million (AU$15 million) worth of jewellery.
The men dropped a stunning US$33,000 (AU$44,000) diamond necklace while making their escape, and it was found next morning… bizarrely still on the pavement outside the hotel.
IT was in motorway congestion in France like this that two wealthy sisters from oil-rich Qatar were forced off the road, held up and robbed of AU$7m worth of personal valuables they were carrying with them.