Sacre bleu! French use the Spinnaker Tower to advertise Southampton

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French airport officials have pledged to change a ‘visit Southampton’ poster that’s illustrated by Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower.

The ad has caused raised eyebrows at the other end of the M27 after it appeared at Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport.

Southampton Itchen MP Royston Smith MP said it was an inexplicable schoolboy error.

He said: ‘I think they should and could have done a picture of Southampton. They should change it.’


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And the leader of Southampton City Council Simon Letts said: ‘I think it is a bit of a mistake.’

An airport spokesman said they wanted to highlight the Southampton Airport as a destination and were provided with a picture that they believed illustrated the city.

The spokesman said that the poster would be changed soon.