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China Destroying Art-Fake Chinese Tickets Flooding Paris

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 12, 2013

The Chinese need Mao. He kept them caged and mostly out of the way. When left to their own devices, they can be toxic.


French police are investigating a possible scam involving thousands of fake tickets for Paris’s Louvre museum.

The museum was alerted after it found fake tickets were used on several occasions by Chinese tourists and guides during August, a source told Agence France Presse.

The same source said Belgian customs had, around the same time, found 3,600 fake tickets for the Louvre hidden in a package sent from China.

The Louvre is a top tourist attraction.

Housing famous art works such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, it is one of the French capital’s most visited sites and attracts some nine million people a year.

The first counterfeit tickets to be found on 12 August were quickly found to be forgeries.

“The ticket’s texture was strange to touch and the general quality of the paper used wasn’t good. The ink appeared to have run,” a museum source told the Parisien newspaper.

But then some seized two days later were found to be of “very good quality, perfect clones of our tickets”.


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