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France pledges to track attackers of Chinese tourists

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French Tourism Minister Sylvia Pinel Tuesday pledged to ensure the security of travellers after 23 Chinese visitors were robbed of their cash and passports just after they arrived in Paris.

Pinel said "everything will be done to find the perpetrators" and underscored "the determination of the French government to ensure the security of tourists in France."

China's National Tourism Administration, which reports directly to the government, expressed concern after 23 tourists travelling in a group were robbed soon after they arrived at Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport outside Paris on Wednesday.

"Their passports, plane tickets and cash were stolen and the group leader sustained an injury to the face," the organisation said.

Avid consumers of luxury goods, the Chinese are known for spending a lot of money when travelling abroad and often carry big sums of money on them, making them prime targets for criminals.

More than one million Chinese tourists visit France every year.

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