Paris police are searching for at least two thieves suspected of stealing jewels potentially worth millions from the Ritz Hotel during a dramatic heist.
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.
Three men were arrested as they tried to flee out the back with bags of gems and watches worth over €4 million (US$4.8 million) but came up against locked doors.
A police official said Thursday that one perpetrator dropped a bag with jewels and hatchets when his motorcycle hit a pedestrian during his escape.
The other man made off in a auto that was found burnt out 15 hours after the raid in the outer northern suburbs about 12... Police extended their custody for a further 24 hours on Thursday night.
A police team in charge of patrolling the square - home to some of Paris's top jewellers and watchmakers, as well as the justice ministry - was quickly on the scene.
It was the last place Princess Diana stayed before her fatal vehicle crash in a Paris tunnel, and hosts elite guests from around the world who prize the refined neighbourhood.
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The getaway vehicle was found about 20km north of Paris in an area where the three arrested came from.
The other made a getaway on a motorbike, dropping a bag of jewels and knocking over a pedestrian while speeding the wrong way up a one-way street.
Place Vendome has been the scene of several heists in recent years. Interior Minister Gérard Collomb also thanked the officers, saying the capture of the three men was "a credit to our police", the BBC reported.
It is known as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world with 159 rooms and re-opened in 2016 and it underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment.
The French capital's most high-profile recent jewellery theft was carried out in October 2016 against United States reality television star Kim Kardashian.
In December, a man was able to substitute two diamonds and two rings worth 5.5 million euros in a jewellery store replacing them with fakes.
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.