Cocaine with a street value of more than £6 million has been found at the flat of a royal neighbour of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Some 111 kilograms (17st) of the illegal drug was seized by police in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.
Armed officers arrested two men and two women following the raid which followed a long surveillance investigation, while two more suspects are on the run.
Much of the operation involved watching an apartment just a short distance from a property belonging to Mr Sarkozy, who was mayor of Neuilly.
The flat belongs to Princess Norah Bint Abdulaziz, a Saudi Arabian Princess, who is said to have known nothing about what was going on and visits the flats for no more than two weeks a year.
Police have said she is not a suspect.
Those arrested, who included two French nationals, an Iranian, and a Venezuelan, are believed to have broken into the £2million flat because its owner is never there.
Christian Flaesch, director of the Paris Judical Police, who coordinated the raid, admitted it was unusual to find a drugs den in a hugely prosperous residential area linked so closely with the President of France.
"It's certainly rare to find this in a flat," said Mr Flaesch. "A big cartel was clearly involved in bringing such a quantity of drugs to France and it would have the ability to distribute it after that."
A video shot by police shows the cocaine stuffed into scores of clear plastic bags inside a number of suitcases.
Peter Allen, in Paris
28 Nov 2010
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