Paris artists vie with false imports (BBC News)

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Paris artists vie with false imports


Street painters are part of the romantic lure of Montmartre

By David Chazan
BBC News, Paris

In the Place du Tertre, the cobbled square at the top of the hill of the Paris quarter of Montmartre, more than a dozen artists are selling their work to tourists.

Despite the bitter cold, the square and the Belle Epoque-style cafes around it are crowded with foreign and French visitors.

More than a dozen artists have set up their easels and they are painting while they wait for customers.

This is a bigger business than it looks.

More than 10 million tourists visit this area each year. Many buy paintings of Parisian landmarks, like the nearby Sacre-Coeur basilica, to take home as souvenirs.

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Full article at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7843035.stm


 

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