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Counterfeit Travel Advisory

Dress carefully for your European vacation.

After a tourist from Shanghai was fined 50 euros and had his fake Adidas bag confiscated by French customs officials, Chinese travel agencies are warning tourists not to wear or carry fakes to Europe.  The French Embassy in Beijing has denied profiling on the basis of national origin -- but the land of Chanel and Louis Vuitton is serious about targeting consumers as well as producers and retailers of counterfeit goods.  (The maximum penalty is 300,000 euros and 3 years in prision.)

And you thought that snooty waiters were the toughest characters in Paris.

UPDATE:  Later reports indicate that, while the law is real, the Chinese story that sparked such a furor may itself have been fake