Paris offers US tourists free champagne July 4

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PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - The Paris tourist board is rolling out the red, white and blue carpet for Americans visiting the City of Lights on July 4, offering free champagne, room upgrades and discounts to those celebrating US Independence Day in France.

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - The Paris tourist board is rolling out the red, white and blue carpet for Americans visiting the City of Lights on July 4, offering free champagne, room upgrades and discounts to those celebrating US Independence Day in France.

"Since we recognize that the United States led the brave fight to restore our independence, the 4th of July - your independence day - has an extra special meaning for all French men and women this year," tourist board president Jean-Marc Janaillac said in a statement.

First launched last year to convince US tourists that the transatlantic row over the Iraq war had been consigned to the past, this year's July 4 campaign comes after ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

"Paris never forgets a close friend's birthday," the tourist office said.

Some 250 July 4 bargains are on offer, including a free glass of champagne at restaurants ranging from the quintessentially American Hard Rock Cafe to the famed Le Train Bleu in the Gare de Lyon.

Hotels - from one-star bargains to four-star luxury palaces - are offering 15 to 50 percent savings and room upgrades, while the capital's top department stores will grant discounts and welcome gifts to shoppers with US passports.

Many of the meal and accommodation deals are available to US tourists throughout the summer in honour of the D-Day anniversary, but visitors in the capital on July 4 will receive bonus gifts, the tourist board said.

Details are available at www.paris-touristoffice.com.

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