Thieves fled with € 9 in cash to the city of Lyon in south-eastern France during an armed attack on an armored security vehicle.
The vehicle was attacked at around 9 a.m. on Friday by several armed individuals as it left a branch of the Banque de France.
The theft is believed to be the biggest heist in France since 2009, when Toni Musulin, a former employee of the same security firm involved in the affair, stole € 11.6 million from the Banque de France. Most of the money has been recovered.
No one was injured in Friday’s attack. Police said the perpetrators managed to flee immediately after committing the act.
According to reports, two vans blocked the armored vehicle, one in front and one behind.
According to two colleagues from the attacked security team, there were repeated problems with the security vehicle locking system. The vehicle’s security code is supposed to be changed with every ride, but this one had a “permanent code” that saved thieves’ time.