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2 Robbed on Paris Motorway of $5.3 Million

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General view of Paris at dusk with the Eiffel Tower and the Hotel des Invalides prominent on June 10, 2008 in Paris, France. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016 01:18 PM

Two Qatari women were robbed on a Paris motorway Monday, losing valuables worth around $5.3 million or 5 million euros.

Two masked men held up the chauffeur-driven Bentley that the women were riding in, sprayed them with tear gas, and stole everything in the vehicle, including jewels and luggage, Agence France-Presse reported.

The women had just left Le Bourget airport, the news agency said.

The robbery occurred around 9 p.m. Monday after the masked men flagged down the car the women, who are reportedly sisters in their 60s, were riding in, The Telegraph reported. The victims have not been identified, and the suspects are being sought.

The incident is the latest in a string of robberies targeting wealthy visitors to the French capital. In early October, reality star Kim Kardashian West was reportedly tied up in her Paris apartment, held at gunpoint, and robbed of more than $10 million worth of jewelry.

Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat was attacked earlier this month by masked men who tried to steal her handbag, AFP reported. She was punched in the face and sprayed with tear gas.

Other recent victims of heists in Paris include the chief executive of a French company, a Korean art collector, and a convoy transporting a Saudi prince, the Independent noted.

"We have a lot of clients in Paris asking for security services as they don’t feel safe," Laurent Dequatremard, director of International Protection Services Bodyguard, said, according to the Daily Mail. "We recommend to have protection with you during the day and guards at night if your building/residence is not secure."

Paris expects to see a $1.6 billion drop in tourism this year as visitors remain on edge following the November 2015 terrorist attacks that killed 130 people and the Bastille Day massacre that killed 86 in Nice, AFP said.

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