Attackers armed with Kalashnikovs took 250,000 euros (around $330,000) and diplomatic documents from "a convoy of cars belonging to a Saudi prince" by hijacking the lead vehicle in the convoy, a Mercedes, the BBC reports:
The motorcade, belonging to a Saudi prince, was targeted by eight people in two separate vehicles who pointed their guns at the driver of the Mercedes, forcing him to stop, French media reported.
The men then drove the vehicle away with the driver and the two other Saudis inside. No shots were fired but the Saudis were later freed.
Another report notes that the thieves were driving BMWs. The attack took place at about 9 p.m. while the Saudi convoy was headed toward "Le Bourget airport north of Paris, where captains of industry and visiting royalty to the French capital park their private jets," the New York Times says.
Last year thieves in two cars marked as police vehicles stopped a different Saudi official's vehicle and took 200,000 euros.