French police seize 20 tonnes of tiny illegal Eiffel Tower statues 3 years ago

French police seize 20 tonnes of tiny illegal Eiffel Tower statues

Sacre bleu!

Sometimes the police seize weapons. Sometimes the police seize drugs. But sometimes... they seize 20 tonnes of tiny, illegal Eiffel Tower statues.

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A joint probe between French police and immigration officials resulted in raids on Chinese wholesalers suspected of importing and supplying the goods to illegal vendors. Nine people were arrested as part of the raid.

According to local media, more than 1,000 boxes of the miniature towers were seized by police.

The small souvenirs are often sold illegally at tourist hotspots around the French capital at low prices.

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African elephants, largest of all the land mammals, can weigh anywhere from between two tonnes and seven tonnes. The average car only weighs about two tonnes. The average human weighs just 137 pounds, which is roughly 16% of a tonne. 20 tonnes is about three times as heavy as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

So honestly, god only knows how many tiny Eiffel Statue towers these guys were actually in possession of.

The Eiffel Tower itself weighs 7300 tonnes, and was not seized.