A Taiwanese tour group on a bus to Lyon, France, was robbed by two men as the group was preparing to board the bu to travel to the southern part of the city, according to local French media Le Progrès. The robbery occurred in the suburb of Oullins.
The two men took the 51-year-old tour guide hostage and stole EUR40,000 (NT$1.36 million) worth of cash shortly after 8 am local time on Thursday, Apple Daily reported. The cash included EUR35,000, JPY1,000, and CHF6,000.
Lee Chi-yue (李奇嶽), a spokesman for the Travel Quality Assurance Association (中華民國旅行業品質保障協會), said that the tour guide has to carry large amounts of cash to pay for food, tickets, and services when leading tours, which is why the thieves made off with so much money. Lee noted, however, that in some cases large portions of the cash would be locked in a safe for a future use.
French authorities are investigating the robbery and searching for suspects. No further details have been reported at this time.