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4 Americans were tear gassed and robbed in Paris



Four Americans were among a group of 19 tourists that was robbed by masked men in Paris this past Saturday, according to The Local France.

On Monday, the digital news publisher reported that the victims also included 12 French tourists and three Moroccans.

The group was reportedly waiting outside their hotel for a shuttle bus to Charles de Gaulle airport when the attack occurred.

The thieves purportedly sprayed the tourists with tear gas early Saturday outside the Novotel Hotel in Paris before snatching their luggage and personal belongings.

Some Twitter users on Monday commenting on the incident, with one person linking it to Paris’s bid for a future edition of the Summer Olympics.

The Local France reported that one tourist was left with hand injuries after attempting to fight off the attackers last Saturday.

France’s gendarmerie military place is reportedly hunting the suspects, who remain at large as of early Monday.

Hotels around Charles de Gaulle are frequently targeted by thieves, according to The Local France, as is Le Bourget, which is Europe’s busiest private jet airport.

A group of Chinese visitors were reportedly accosted by robbers in August 2016 while they were loading a bus with luggage outside their hotel.

The incident purportedly bore some similarities to last Saturday’s attack, with the thieves using tear gas on the victims.

Two tourists and an interpreter were slightly injured in the attack, with all three later being taken to a hospital.

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