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Kiev mayor's daughter robbed in Paris

Cut and polished diamonds
Ms Chernovetskaya said she had 4.5m euros-worth (4m) of jewels stolen

The daughter of the mayor of Kiev has been the victim of a robbery in Paris.

Kristina Chernovetskaya said she had 4.5m euros-worth (£4m) of jewels stolen as she drove into the city from Charles de Gaulle airport.

She was being driven along the motorway in a luxury hire car when the thief struck, she told police.

They were stuck in traffic in the northern suburbs when a man wrenched open a car door and made off with her handbag, said Ms Chernovetskaya.

She said the bag contained jewels, rings and earrings with a value of more than $6m.

Her chauffeur gave chase but the thief got away, says the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris.

The only consolation for the daughter of the mayor of Ukraine's capital - who is also a banker, adds our correspondent - was that the thief left behind some 8,000 euros in cash.



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