Foiled: holdup near Eiffel Tower ends in shoot-out

4th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 4 (AFP) - French police and robbers exchanged gunfire near the Eiffel Tower in Paris after a foiled hold-up of a money change bureau, scaring tourists but resulting in no casualties, officers said Tuesday.

PARIS, Oct 4 (AFP) - French police and robbers exchanged gunfire near the Eiffel Tower in Paris after a foiled hold-up of a money change bureau, scaring tourists but resulting in no casualties, officers said Tuesday.

The gang of three escaped in a car that was found burnt out in a northern suburb of Paris.

The shoot-out occurred late Monday, after the three screeched to a stop outside the money changer's located a couple of hundred metres from the famous monument and tried to break its reinforced counter window.

The clerk inside quickly raised a metal barrier and called police, who arrived within minutes. The assailants opened fire as they fled, prompting officers to shoot back.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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