Zadig & Voltaire Opened a new hotel in Paris, which will not serve Chinese tourists. "We are going to select guest, I won't be open to Chinese tourists, for example," said Thierry Gillier in an interview with Women's Wear Daily.
The hotel is a renovation out of a rundown house on the Left Bank of Paris.
Thierry Gillier is the owner and founder of French brand Zadig & Voltaire. Gillier's father Andre Gillier is a co-founder of Lacoste.
Despite strong anti-Chinese sentiment, Paris remain on the top list of most popular tourists and shopping destinations for Chinese, partially thanks to relax visa regulation of the France.
A Chinese group stuck at the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann for six hours on Feb 11, 2008. A suspected cashier thought a new wed couple from Zhejiang Province used a counterfeit 50 euro bill. The young couple were detained by the security, and booked in a French police station where they were tourtured. French police cut the bride's underwear to pieces, and locked her up with real criminals. It turned out the bill was authentic, and the couple were released, naked. French police officers offered to send them back to the store if they pay him half of their money (thousands of dollars). They had to call a cab in shreded clothes to get back Galeries Lafayette Haussmann.
At the store, while the group was waiting for the couple to return, the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann had serurity to throw them out since they were not shopping. A senior sat down on a stool as he was tired, a security gurad kicked the stool away.
The young couple finally get back to Galeries Lafayette Haussmann and joined the rest of the group.
The most amazing thing was that the group immediately started shopping again.
More than 900 thousands Chinese tourists visited France last year.