In October 2016, United States reality TV star Kim Kardashian was the target of one of the biggest heists in recent years while attending Paris Fashion Week.
Paris police on Thursday recovered most of the jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist, but are still searching for two thieves and any remaining missing luxury merchandise.
A masked group armed with axes, sledgehammers and guns stormed the landmark Ritz Hotel in the Chic Place Vendome in central Paris.
The overall value of the jewels on display was estimated at about 4.5 million euros ($6.8 million).
Three of the gang were detained while fleeing the scene and an AFP journalist said some roads around the hotel were sealed off by security forces following the incident.
Two people inside the hotel hid from the thieves and alerted police, the official said.
One man wearing a ski mask ran right from the bar door to the front, right past my father.
"I would say that this was a very violent, armed attack by a large, well-organised and professional gang", the mayor of Paris' 1st district, Jean-Francois Legaret said.
The robbery was the second major jewel heist in a major European city in a week.
That robbery occurred at the Doge's Palace, a popular tourist spot in Venice, where the selection of Indian jewelry was on display to the public.
Other jewels were found scattered amid the debris of the shattered display cases during overnight clean-up efforts, the official told The Associated Press.
The stolen items included a pair of earrings and a brooch made of diamonds, gold and platinum.
And in October 2016, reality television celebrity Kim Kardashian was the victim of a robbery just 10 minutes walk from the Ritz, in which millions of pounds worth of jewellery was stolen from her.