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French chambermaids strike over pay

Employees of a high-end Paris hotel have launched a protest over pay – saying a single night in its most luxurious suite costs more than some of them are paid in a year.

Dozens of chambermaids and their supporters timed Tuesday's protest, outside the Park Hyatt Hotel-Vendome, to coincide with Paris Fashion Week, when Paris hosts many VIP guests. The workers had already started a strike on Friday.

The Park Hyatt said it regretted the situation but was "in no way involved" – saying the dispute involved a maintenance subcontractor and its employees.