Zimbabwe arrests 'rude' French tourists

13th February 2013, Comments 1 comment

Zimbabwe police said Wednesday they had briefly detained seven "extremely rude" French tourists in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

The group -- aged between 55 and 66 -- were detained for sneaking into a game park and refusing to stump up the $15 entry fee.

"They were extremely rude and they even tried to drive off from the police station, but we managed to arrest them," Jairos Chiona, police chief superintendant in Victoria Falls, told AFP.

"They refused to pay to watch game at Zambezi national park," he said, adding that they were released after paying a $20 fine.

Chiona said the group used an illegal cross-border entry from Botswana and were apprehended by game rangers.

Victoria Falls is a popular tourist resort with the world renowned waterfall and several game parks which has the big five -- elephants, lions, buffaloes, rhinoceros and leopard.

© 2013 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • michael kittle posted:

    on 13th February 2013, 18:13:01 - Reply

    After living in France for 10 years I'm just beginning to fathom the French mentality. They are polite and civil when it is public and inside their own country, but rude and obnoxious when they are anonymous or inside their car and believe they can't be identified.

    Where does all this suppressed hostility come from? Apparently the French are frustrated and angry when they don't get their way or feel oppressed by society or the government. They like getting away without paying like children sneaking into the theatre...or stealing food in the super market. How many times have I found partially eaten candies or other sweets in the super market?