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    Saturday, 10 February 2018

    ‘Millions’ robbed in French cash van kidnap, heist

    Robbers posing as plumbers kidnapped the daughter of a cash van driver and demanded the vehicle’s contents as ransom in a heist that could have netted them over 20 million euros, investigators said Friday.
    The hold-up, which resembles the plot of a Hollywood action movie, took place Thursday near the French-Swiss border.
    It began in the evening in the southeastern French city of Lyon, where two men pretending to be plumbers kidnapped a young woman from her apartment, a source close to the investigation told AFP.
    They bundled her into a car and then had accomplices ring her father, who works for a Swiss company that transports money between companies and banks, to demand a ransom.
    The father, who lives in the French border town of Annemasse, was carrying out a cash delivery when the call came through, Europe 1 radio reported.
    A French police source told AFP that the van was carrying “between 20 and 30 million Swiss francs (17-26 million euros, $21-32 million)”.
    A spokesman for the police in Vaud refused to confirm the amount.
    The driver’s daughter, who is in her twenties, was found unharmed at around 10 pm (2100 GMT) on a road on the outskirts of Lyon.
    She was questioned by police on Friday and said to be still in a state of shock.
    He agreed to meet the kidnappers in a car park just across the border on the Swiss side, to hand over the van’s contents, investigators said.
    Police in the Swiss canton of Vaud said that the father was en route to the Swiss 
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