Illegal Street Vendors in Paris

According to police in Paris, there are between 300 to 400 vendors in Paris who sell trinkets to tourists around the Eiffel Tower during the summer season. Police state that Chinese gangs import souvenirs from China and then sells the goods to other sellers.

In a raid by police in July 2013, authorities discovered 60 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Tower replicas that were to be sold to tourists.

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Source:  Alexandria Sage, “60 tonnes of Eiffel Tower trinkets seized in Paris,” Reuters, July 25, 2013.