Clampdown on Paris flypitchers

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The Independent Online

Illegal Senegalese immigrants accused of selling unauthorised Eiffel Tower souvenirs have been arrested. Police detained 39 people at or near the tower in raids this week, while their Chinese employers were also detained.

Thousands of Chinese-made mini Eiffel Towers were seized. Nearly 200 police, customs officers and intelligence agents took part in the raids.

However, illegal sellers of Eiffel Tower replicas could still be found on the Trocadero plaza yesterday, across the Seine from the real Tower.