Paris Apple store robbed during New Year revelry

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The Independent Online

Masked and armed thieves used New Year's Eve celebrations in Paris to rob the city's flagship Apple store.

According to the French press, goods worth up to €1m (£812,000) were stolen from the store behind the Paris Opera House, which sells products such as Apple's iPhones and iPads. Police would not immediately confirm the figure.

Police said the theft happened at about 9pm local time on Monday night, three hours after closing, while officers were deployed around the Champs-Elysées Avenue, where revellers traditionally gather on New Year's Eve.

Christophe Crépin, of the Unsa police union, said the "well-prepared" operation was carried out by four masked and armed individuals.

Le Parisien reported that the thieves entered the store by threatening a security guard at a back entrance.