Motorway thieves steal French jewels
The drivers were said to be unhurt and the vans were later found abandoned some distance away.
The gang is reported to have fled in several vehicles towards Paris.
The thieves were said to have waited for the security vans at the Avallon toll booth south-east of Auxerre, spraying gas at the drivers when they arrived.
Local reports said the vans had been carrying a consignment of diamonds, other jewels and works of art between Paris and Besancon.
The burnt-out vans were being investigated on Wednesday by forensic scientists in a field near Quenne, further north along the A6, just outside Auxerre.
Police have been searching Yonne and neighbouring regions for the attackers.
PARIS — A police official says 15 armed assailants attacked two vans carrying millions of euros worth of jewels on a French highway, ejected the drivers and drove them away.
Authorities are combing the Yonne region in Burgundy southeast of Paris and surrounding areas for the attackers.
The police official says no one was injured in the attack early Wednesday, and the drivers of the two vans were left at the scene unharmed. The official says the two vans were found burned in a forest near the site of the attack, which happened on the A6 highway connecting Paris and Lyon. The jewels were not found.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be publicly named.
No other details were immediately available.