Dutchman accused of running illegal French castle hotel

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A Dutchman charged with turning a French medieval castle into an illegal hotel has been remanded in custody, police said Tuesday.

The man is accused of renting out 35 rooms in the imposing Chateau La Tour near the pretty village of Saint-Pierreville in the southern Ardeche region on France's most popular Internet classified ads site, without the necessary permits or safety checks.

Around 100 tourists were staying at the chateau and its 13-place campsite when police raided and closed the hotel last week.

The hotel's owner, who was not named, had hired around a dozen staff, apparently off-the-books, police said.

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  • Bruce posted:

    on 13th August 2014, 14:16:27 - Reply

    How dare someone try to start a business and employ people without allowing the bureaucrats to have their fun for a few years first as they come up with inventive ways to endlessly delay and shut you down before you can even get started. And putting the owner in jail is just insane, like he's a danger to society. Only in France.