"We must save France's tourism" says PM

Michael and Chantal Shardan in front of chambre d'hôte Valréas, Vaucluse
Michael and Chantal Shardan in front of chambre d'hôte Valréas, Vaucluse

There will be a summer tourism season in France, the government has insisted.

However, with social distancing and limited overseas travel, there will be a big drop in trade. Prime Minister Edouard Phi­lippe has said they are facing “probably the worst test of modern times, while at the same time tourism is a jewel in the crown of the French economy”. Saving the industry is a national priority, he said.

Tourism professionals told Connexion that many are expecting at least a 50% reduction in annual turnover. Tourism Minister Jean-Bap­tiste Lemoyne has indicated that French residents will mostly holiday in France, though President Macron hinted at possible Europe-wide travel. At a press conference with Angela Merkel, the president said a co-ordinated plan should be ready by mid-June: “We will have a tourist season in Europe alongside the virus.”

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A busy beach, French Riviera, Cote D'Azur, France
A busy beach, French Riviera, Cote D'Azur, France

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