Kim Kardashian West assailants still at large after France heist

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala - New York

French police have continued hunting for five people suspected of assaulting Kim Kardashian West in a private Paris residence before robbing her of more than $10 million (£7.9 million) worth of jewelry.

Paris police said they were analysing footage from surveillance cameras to try to identify the assailants, who wore fake police emblems on their jackets.

A picture of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at a benefit in New York

After forcing their way into the American celebrity's apartment in the chic eighth district, the robbers held her up at gunpoint and locked her in a bathroom before escaping on bicycles in the early hours of Monday. They stole a jewellery box containing items worth 6 million euro (£5.3 million) as well as a ring worth 4 million euro (£3.5 million).

Kim, who was in the French capital to attend fashion week shows, returned to the US on Monday.

Paris prosecutors on Tuesday declined to answer whether the robbers had received help from the reality TV star's entourage. Kim's stylist was also in the residence at the time, and alerted police, but Kim's bodyguard was not present, according to the prosecutor's office.

French police officers stand outside the residence of Kim Kardashian West in Paris (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The reality star's two children, three-year-old North and 10-month-old Saint, were in New York with their father, Kanye West, when the robbery happened.

Interpol declined to comment on reports suggesting the notorious "Pink Panther" jewel thieves could have played a role in the robbery, saying that would be speculation.

According to the world's largest international police organisation, that gang has stolen 334 million euro (£295 million) in jewels from 380 armed robberies between 1999 and 2015.