Louvre rocked as 4,000 fake tickets seized
The Louvre has been hit by a scandal involving fake tickets after museum staff spotted Chinese tourists using forgeries. The discovery led to the seizure of 4,000 counterfeit tickets in Belgium.
Suspicions among staff were first aroused on August 12 when a guide accompanying a group of Chinese tourists tried to hand in an unusually crinkly ticket.
Two days later agents identified several more "suspect" tickets – this time far better quality fakes. A manager from the Louvre told daily French newspaper 'Le Parisien' that they "were identical to our tickets".
Two Chinese people were arrested on August 19. During questioning they provided the name of their supplier, who vanished from his Paris flat before police arrived. (© Daily Telegraph, London)