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French chateau owners tied up by thieves who steal $2.2 million in jewels, cash


The owners of a French chateau were tied overnight Thursday as six thieves took $2.2 million in jewels and cash from the palace.

Patrice de Vogue, 90, and his wife Christina, 78, were tied up by six thieves in the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, around 30 miles southeast of Paris since, Radio France Internationale reported Thursday.

The thieves stole emeralds and other items, including cash, valuing a total of 2 million euros — equal to more than $2.2 million.

Artwork from the castle — originally designed for Nicholas Fouquet, finance Minister of King Louis XIV — was not taken, however. The couple was uninjured during the robbery.

Police are hunting for the robbers, Prosecutor Béatrice Angelelli-Lamotte told The Associated Press Thursday.

The chateau has been host to an array of celebrity events, including the wedding of former couple Eva Longoria, known for her role in “Desperate Housewives,” and NBA star Tony Parker in 2007.

With News Wire Services.