Gunmen shake Paris with jewelry heist, hostage-taking, crosstown police chase

November 25, 2014 10:45 PM

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PARIS – Two gunmen robbed a Cartier jewelry boutique in a tony and tourist-filled Paris neighborhood Tuesday, fled police in a chase across the Seine River, took a hostage — and then surrendered, authorities said.

The unusual drama in the French capital sent heads turning from the Champs-Elysees shopping district to the southern neighborhood where the gunmen holed up in a hair salon. Police cordoned off a large area during a nearly two-hour standoff, and a helicopter circled.

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