A motorcade containing a Saudi prince was forced off the road at gunpoint in Paris last night, a heavily armed gang stole €250,000 and “sensitive” documents as it hijacked one of the cars and its occupants.
French media reported today that the convoy was traveling from the Saudi Arabian embassy to Le Bourget Airport in the north-east of the city when it was attacked by men wielding Kalashnikovs around 9pm local time. No one was hurt.
Police spokesman Rocco Contento told the BFM TV news: “There was roughly €250,000 in cash in the vehicle and official documents from the embassy.”
The occupants of the stolen car – a Mercedes mini-van – were later released, the vehicle found abandoned and burnt out.
There were no signs of the documents or money.
The Saudi embassy could not be reached for comment.