Qatari businessman assaulted, robbed at Paris airport

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A wealthy Qatari businessman was attacked and robbed as he left a Paris airport, a source close to the case said, the latest foreign victim of crime in France.

At least three people stopped the car of the “rich businessman” as it left the Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport on Saturday morning, bashed in the door and roughed up the Qatari and another person in the vehicle, the source told AFP.

The businessman was forced to give them a watch worth 30,000 euros ($40,000) and luggage containing high-value objects, the source, who wished to remain anonymous, added.

It was not clear whether the robbers specifically targeted the businessman or whether this was a random attack.

The assault comes as the French capital fights a rise in crime targeting foreigners that has tarnished its reputation as a haven for tourists.

In one high-profile attack in March, robbers robbed a group of 23 Chinese tourists -- known for carrying large amounts of cash -- in a restaurant shortly after they arrived in Paris.

They made off with a bag containing all their passports as well as 7,500 euros ($10,000).

Authorities have recently increased security in the capital, and have also launched a publicity campaign to make visitors more aware of the dangers.

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