After a string of valuable jewel robberies in recent years this bungled attempt suggests they are becoming more difficult to pull off

It was cocktail hour and the Ritz hotel’s celebrated Hemingway bar was filling up, when the refined atmosphere of one of Paris’s most luxurious palace hotels was shattered by masked robbers armed with axes and pistols.

Letting off a few rounds to show they meant business, the three men set to work smashing display cases and bundling watches and jewels – whose price tags only the five-star establishment’s guests can afford – into bags.

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