French police have arrested two suspects after a robbery at a Paris jewellers where a thief made off with up to €3 million worth of jewellery after arriving and making his getaway on an electronic scooter.

The two suspects were arrested at a motorway rest area in the east of France and a "substantial quantity" of stolen goods was found in their possession, a police source said.

The robber stole between €2m-€3m worth of jewellery and precious stones from famed jeweller Chaumet near the Champs-Elysees avenue yesterday evening.

Armed but without using his revolver, he helped himself to precious jewels and stones before making his getaway on the scooter from the store on Rue Francois 1.

A handout photo of the man suspected of carrying out the robbery

Prosecutors said that the two suspects were born in 1967 and 1977, without giving further details.

A criminal investigation has begun.

Chaumet, now part of the world's leading luxury goods maker LVMH, is best known for its store on Place Vendome, which was robbed in 2009 with €1.9m worth of gems stolen.