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Chinese police to patrol Paris streets as France eyes tourism boost

Published on May 15, 2014 12:51 AM

PARIS (REUTERS) - Chinese police officers will join their French counterparts in patrolling some of Paris' main tourism spots this summer as France looks to encourage more visitors from the Asian nation to boost its revenues.

France welcomes some 1.4 million Chinese tourists each year and sees doubling that number as a way to slash its trade deficit by about 2 billion euros (S$3.42 billion).

Each Chinese visitor spends an average 1,500 euros per visit and local and Chinese media have carried reports that they have been targeted by muggers.

"The details on these Chinese police officers have not been finalised, but they should arrive some time in June," an interior ministry source said. "It's more for the symbol than the policing."

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