Gilets jaunes and Brexit deny France tourism record

The golden 100million figure may well be reached by the time of the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, but popularity is not eternal, writes award-winning French-Algerian journalist Nabila Ramdani in her latest column for Connexion

It is easy to back up weak claims with unlikely figures but there has never been much doubt about those suggesting France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. 

Last year was yet another record for the number of foreigners enjoying a country associated with everything from spectacular beaches and snow-capped mountains to high-culture and a fascinating history.

Close to 80% of France is countryside and cities such as Paris and Nice are romanticised everywhere.

America – with a population of more than 300 million – is one of those places where almost everybody is intrigued by ...

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