Paris police seize 60 tonnes of Eiffel Tower souvenirs

Paris police have seized 60 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Towers that black-market vendors hoped to sell to tourists.

Police said the tin trinkets, brightly coloured and barely eight centimetres (three inches) high, were seized from a warehouse near Le Bourget airport, north of Paris.

 souvenir vendor sells Eiffel tower models for tourists in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Miniature Eiffel Tower souvenirs are sold by many black-market vendors across Paris. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A female Chinese national was in police custody, a spokesperson said.

Authorities claim Chinese gangs import the trinkets from China before selling them to other groups, who control the sellers.

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