Senior Chinese official robbed in Paris: police

11th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

One of the vice presidents of China's National People's Congress was robbed in Paris by two men on a motorbike who smashed her car window as she headed to the airport, police said Tuesday.

Uyunqimg, the third highest ranking female official in China, was on the A1 motorway north of the French capital on her way to Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday at around 6:30 pm (1630 GMT) when the thieves struck, officers told AFP.

No-one was hurt in the incident but the pair managed to smash the car's rear window and grab the official's handbag before making good their escape. An investigation has been launched.

Uyunqimg, is the highest ranking ethnic Mongolian in the Chinese government and the National People's Congress is China's parliament.

The highway from Paris to Charles de Gaulle is a notorious hunting ground for smash-and-grab gangs.

In February, French judicial officials reported that Kristina Chernovetska, the daughter of the mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, was robbed in the same way and lost jewellery worth 4.5 million euros.

Aides to mayor Leonid Chernovetsky denied the incident had taken place.

© 2010 AFP

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