Japanese tourists spend lavishly during Paris summer holidays while East Europeans keep their budget low by staying in cheap hotels and munching sandwiches.

A tourist office spokeswoman said the Japanese spent an average of $1,500 daily in Paris, dining at top restaurants and buying jewels and expensive gifts.Tourists from Eastern Europe made do on $23 daily, while the average budget of an American in Paris was around $380.

The spokeswoman said Americans started flooding back to Paris this summer, after several years of staying away because of French visa requirements, a fall in the dollar and fear of terrorist attacks.