Thank you all for your replies. I bought this from a the website of a major retailer in France (Carrefour, for those who may be interested ) so I guess it is not gray market... I'm trying to find on canon's French site if they are an authorized retailer... maybe a call to canon will solve the mystery.
I've checked for fingerprints and there seems to be none. Also, there is Styrofoam AND bubble wrap around the camera, all the inside components are sealed with tape, and they seem new.
there is also a EWS agreement in the box... so far I'm inclined to think they just mixed-up the manuals somewhere?
I will check the shutter counts and keep you posted. Thanks again for your replies
The seller sells all over the world, and likely mixed up Cameras intended for another country. Contact them and ask to exchange for a French model. That way, you will be sure of having a Warranty if it fails.
Carrefour S.A. (French pronunciation: [kaʁfuʁ]) is a French multinational retailer headquartered in Boulogne Billancourt, France, in Greater Paris. It is one of the largest hypermarket chains in the world (with 1,452 hypermarkets at the end of 2011), the fourth largest retail group in the world in terms of revenue (after Wal-Mart, Tesco and Costco), and the third in profit (after Wal-Mart and Tesco). Carrefour operates mainly in Europe, Argentina, Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, but also has shops in North Africa and other parts of Asia, with most stores being of smaller size than hypermarket or even supermarket. Carrefour means "crossroads" and "public square" in French. Previously the company head office was in Levallois-Perret, also in Greater Paris.