Found an article about Hermes in Australia (it was an old one from several years ago) but it did have something I never knew.. In France, fakes can be seized from ordinary consumers at the border and on the street with a fine of up to twice the retail value of the original. The maximum penalty is three years' jail. Those considered part of a larger operation risk a maximum 300,000 fine ($515,000) and 10 years' jail. http://www.smh.com.au/news/fashion/branded-as-luxury-fans/2006/07/05/1151779017031.html?page=2 Crumbs!! So, unless you've bought your goods from the branded shop (or have proof that the item is authentic), leave it at home if you intend to travel to Paris!! [warning for those who have bought something from eBay for example].