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French city Lyon in lockdown mode for Chinese President Xi's visit

Published on Mar 26, 2014 2:58 AM

LYON (AFP) - Road, tunnel and subway closures; spot checks for residents; maximum security: The French city of Lyon was in lockdown mode Tuesday as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived on a state visit.

Mr Xi chose to kick off a lavish three-day French trip with a whistle-stop tour of a city which, as a former silk centre, forged links with China from the 16th century that have endured until today.

And while the Chinese leader and his glamorous wife Peng Liyuan were only staying just over 16 hours before travelling up to Paris to sign major deals, authorities had left nothing to chance.

The hotel where the couple was due to stay was cordoned off and heavily guarded by police while adjacent streets were completely closed off.

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