A suspected gang using illegal immigrants to sell miniature Eiffel Tower statues around Paris has been smashed.
Immigration police seized more than 20 tonnes of the metal trinkets stored in warehouses outside the capital as part of the operation.
Migrants are often seen selling the souvenirs around the iconic tower and other tourist sites including Notre Dame cathedral and the Louvre museum.
They are constantly trying to dodge the police, gathering up their goods after a signal is given that officers are nearby.
Police said: “The operation led to the seizure of 20 tonnes of the trinkets stashed in boxes in Val-de-Marne and Hauts-de-Seine, as well as €15,000 (£13,313) in cash, several money-counting machines, coins and three delivery vans.”
The seized merchandise’s street value was estimated at €600,000 (£532,540).
The smallest Eiffel Tower souvenirs are usually sold on keyrings for as little as €1 for five, while larger versions can sell for as much as €10.
Boxes of the miniatures were seized from two depots and three shops in the Paris region on Monday and Tuesday, a security source said.
Detectives said nine people were arrested.
Migrants are often forced into selling the trinkets to pay off debts they owe to people traffickers after being smuggled into Europe from Africa.
Police previously said many of the souvenirs are made in China.