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Chinese weddings in France hit by fraud scandal

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-06-21

A lucrative venture involving weddings of Chinese couples in the picturesque city of Tours in Central France has turned sour, with a Taiwanese wedding planner hired by City Hall under investigation for fraud.

Over 200 couples from China symbolically tied the knot in the picturesque city of Tours in central France between 2007 and 2011, as part of an initiative launched by the mayor’s office to bring in funds by offering fairytale weddings in a region renowned for its castle-lined river valley.

But the honeymoon has abruptly ended, with a Taiwanese wedding planner hired to recruit Chinese couples now behind bars and awaiting possible fraud charges. Local mayor Jean Germain is remaining tight lipped over the scandal.

In 2011, an investigative newspaper revealed that Lise Han, a Taiwanese woman hired by city hall to help reel in the newlyweds was awarding lucrative contracts to a company she herself owned, and which was managed by her ex-husband.

Under formal investigation for over a year, Han was jailed this week for failing to pay her bail money.

Watch FRANCE 24’s special report on the scandal by clicking in the player above.
 

Date created : 2013-06-21

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