The Louvre, Paris’s most famous gallery, is having a ticketing problem: an issue was first noticed when a Chinese tour guide tried to hand over a group of questionable tickets, sparking alarm. Heightened security was put into place, and dozens of Chinese tourists were found with counterfeit tickets throughout the rest of the month.
On top of that, Belgian customs officials seized 4,000 high-quality counterfeit tickets — worth upwards of 144,000 euros (1,191,000 yuan) — in a package sent from China. The tickets, worth around 36 euros each could potentially represent a scam worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
French authorities are looking into the possibly of a large scale criminal organization with roots in China. However, the Louvre has emphasized that it continues to welcome Chinese tourists, although it will be greatly increasing it’s ticket scanning security.
China’s reputation when it comes to counterfeit goods doesn’t help its cause at all, but China Daily reports that this is an “isolated incident by a handful of people.”
Only time will tell, but this is not the first time that China has tried to replicate some aspect of Paris — including Paris itself!
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