French fashion house starts race row over hotel plans

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France: Zadig & Voltaire, a leading French fashion brand, is set to open a boutique hotel in Paris, but its founder say the property "won't be open to Chinese tourists".

The company is converting a private mansion on the Left Bank of Paris, where it showcased its latest collection, in to a hotel which will open in 2014. But the news has been overshadowed by a remark from the brand's founder, Thierry Gillier, who told Woman's Wear Daily: "It will be a slightly private hotel, not open to everybody, with 40 rooms. We are going to select guests. It won't be open to Chinese tourists, for example. There is a lot of demand in Paris - many people are looking for quiet with a certain privacy."

Gillier's comments have started a backlash against the brand, and his comments have seen been amended online to read "busloads of tourists" instead of "Chinese tourists".


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