French Gov't Pulls Plug on Ferry Owner's Photo Exhibition

The French government has stopped a photo exhibition in northern France featuring works by Yoo Byung-eon, the fugitive owner of ill-fated ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine.

The exhibition was to open in the city of Compi├Ęgne last Friday. Yoo fancies himself as a photographer among his many dubious occupations, and charged his companies tens of millions of won for some of his work. He had sponsored the exhibition with 10,000 euros from his own pocket.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in a letter to the organizers asked them to cancel it, saying it would bring pain to the victims of the ferry disaster and upset the Korean public.

Fabius also asked the Palace of Versailles Museum to reject a 1.4 million euro donation Yoo had made for repair and renovation work, local media reported, after his pictures were shown there.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 07, 2014 11:38 KST