Chinese tourist rescued in Seine

A Chinese tourist was rescued by crew members on nearby boats after she fell into the river Seine in Paris on Thursday.

Chinese tourist rescued in Seine
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It’s a trip to Paris she will always remember. On Thursday afternoon, a Chinese woman stepped over the railing of a tourist boat in Paris and fell into the water.

The tourist tried to swim against the currents but was quickly sucked away from the boat. Luckily two other Bateaux Mouches, Paris excursion boats, came to her rescue.

Though eventually successful, the rescue effort was made difficult by the fact that the boats are bulky and hard to maneuver, Le Parisien reports.

"Even with good propellers, it’s difficult to get close to a person in the water with a boat this size," said the captain who rescued the tourist told newspaper.

The crew finally managed to throw the woman a life buoy and pulled her onto the boat. The tourist was then sent to hospital for a brief check-up.

Watch a video of the rescue operation:


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Tourism minister: Book your French ski holiday now

France’s ski resorts will be open for business this winter, tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne has promised - but no decision has yet been taken on whether a health pass will be required to use ski lifts.

Skiers at a French Alpine resort
Photo: Philippe Desmazes / AFP

“This winter, it’s open, the resorts are open,” Lemoyne told France 2’s 4 Vérités programme.

“Compared to last year, we have the vaccine,” he said, adding that he would “invite those who have not yet done so to [book], because … there will soon be no more room.”

And he promised an answer ‘in the next few days’ to the question of whether health passes would be required for winter holidaymakers to use ski lifts. “Discussions are underway with the professionals,” he said.

The stakes are high: the closure of ski lifts last winter cost manufacturers and ski shops nearly a billion euros. 

This year ski lifts will remain open, but a health pass may be necessary to access them. The health pass is already compulsory for après ski activities such as visits to bars, cafés and restaurants.

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Many town halls and communities which depend on winter sports have found it difficult or impossible to make ends meet.

“It’s time for the French mountains to revive,” Lemoyne said, pointing to the fact that the government has provided “more than €6 billion” in aid to the sector.

Winter tourism professionals, however, have said that they are struggling to recruit for the winter season.

“Restaurant and bars are very affected,” by the recruitment crisis, one expert told Franceinfo, blaming a lack of urgency from authorities towards the winter holiday industry.

“We are all asking ourselves what we should do tomorrow to find full employment in the resort,” the expert added.

Post-Brexit visa and work permit rules mean that ski businesses have found it difficult to recruit Brits for short-term, seasonal positions.