Posted by: oliviapontet | August 4, 2016

Robbers use teargas in raid on Chinese tourists near Paris

Located in central Paris, in the Rue de Provence, sits the bar and restaurant Stan & Co. It is a dimly lit, cozy French bistro with wooden ceilings and stained glass trim. The waiters are busy croques Monsieurs and mugs cafe au lait hidden in tables are in cozy bay.

source http://www.thelocal.fr/20160802/thieves-use-teargas-to-rob-chinese-tourists-near-paris

Stephanie Verret has run the place for 25 years. But it’s started to change only in the last few, the Rue de Provence. “Sold on the street their shops Chinese All men,” she says. “Before, it was like a small village with people coffee and croissants in the morning.”

Now lucrative Chinese restaurants and duty-free shops line the street. Masses of Chinese tourists crowd the narrow footpaths, following flag-wielding guides down, pushing in a race past each other to come forward.

Stephanie found daily in a scene that looks as Paris more like downtown Beijing. “They do not say hello, they do not speak French, they do not speak English,” she says incredulously.

Who time in France will testify that perhaps the most important word is “Bonjour” spent. It means more than a greeting – it is also a marker of civilized encounter.

“A woman came here and spat on the ground,” says Stephanie. “I just have a napkin, put it in her hand and said in French:” Take it ”

 

 

With hundreds of thousands of Chinese travelers now embarking on their first trip abroad, Stephanie Street is a microcosm of the clash of cultures occurring in many countries. But far from being against the masses of tourists flock each day past her restaurant, Stephanie is sympathetic.

“It’s not their fault, they are two different cultures,” she says. “No one tells them how we live, what our habits are.”

When I went on tour with a Chinese group, I saw that she was correct in most cases. Operators had to educate little interest to customers about French customs or culture. For them, the Chinese market is a numbers game: the number of people you get on a bus, the number of places you visit as little time as possible can in.

They do not make good job of tourist monuments or museums take. On the big tours, this stops for 40 minutes at most to be planned. And Paris is not very responsive to Chinese visitors. For example, more than 800,000 visitors from China last year, despite the Musée du Louvre will have no Mandarin audio guide.

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