France, the world's most visited country, will no longer allow fat tourists to step foot on French soil.
The announcement made by the newly-founded Paris-based 'Fatties-Stay-At-Home' association has rocked airlines, shipping lines and international tour operators. The CEO of 'Vacations without Stomach Troubles' based in Denver, Colorado, told our reporter that he always knew that the French were a bit 'odd', but banning tourists because of their physical appearance made him believe that the French were more than 'odd'. "They are completely and totally mad. Or just plain rude," he said.
'Fatties-Stay-At-Home' was last night given the full support of President Nicolas Sarkozy's government.
From today (August 2), a pamphlet explaining the reasons for the ban will be handed to tourists when they step on to French soil at airports, harbors and railroad stations.
Said a spokesperson of the association: "This year, 2010, approximately 85 million tourists will visit France. Twelve million of them will walk through the Louvre and Versailles. The fat ones will walk heavily and their footwear will damage the beautiful black-and-white tiles which have only recently been laid in the Galeries des Glaces and in Queen Marie-Antoinette's bedroom. We also can't run the risk that a fatso will bump into and knock over, say a priceless vase in the Louvre; fat people, as we all know, are clumsy. Then also, almost six million tourists will visit the Eiffel Tower and use its new elevators. We can not allow those elevators to be overloaded because of fatties. I am not even going to mention the damage fat people are doing to the chairs in our restaurants and the beds in our hotels. Besides that, they always want big helpings which cuts deep into the profits of our restaurants and bistros."
Asked whether a tourist would have to be weighed on entering France, the spokesperson replied: "No, we won't be weighing anybody. Our eyes will tell us when someone is fat. Don't tell me you can't tell a fat ass from a slim one?"
The ban on fat people is to be permanent.
Some of the major airlines have said that the return tickets of rejected fat tourists will be honored but that the tourists would have to pay an 'extra baggage' fee.