French to dine out after swine flu hotel ordeal
French guests quarantined inside the Hong Kong hotel Metropark will be treated to dinner after their ordeal ends on Friday.HONG KONG – French nationals quarantined in a Hong Kong hotel over swine flu fears will be treated to dinner out when their ordeal ends on Friday, the local consulate said.
The 14 French citizens, who have been detained inside the Metropark hotel with some 300 other guests and staff since last week, will be taken out for a meal along with friends after their release at 8:30 pm (1230 GMT) Friday.
Paule Ignatio, the head of public affairs at the consulate, confirmed the special meal, saying it would be a "celebration" of the end of the seven-day stint.
The French have already provided extra food to nationals trapped inside and champagne for one, Olivier Dolige, who turned 43 during his confinement.
Quarantine was ordered at the four-star hotel after a Mexican who stayed briefly there last week tested positive for the A(H1N1) virus.
Hong Kong's government has apologised repeatedly to guests for the ordeal, which has been criticised by some as an over-reaction, but has insisted it was necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.
The government has offered to pay for the hotel bills as well as two free tickets to theme parks Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park for each guest.
AFP / Expatica