The importance of tourism in France this summer

A busy beach in France
A busy beach in France

Jean Viard, director of research for the CNRS at the Centre de Recherches Politiques de Sciences-Po, spoke to Connexion about the importance of the prime minister’s announcement that tourism can go ahead in July and August.

How important was it for the French to be told they can go on holiday this year?

The summer holidays are vital to France, because tourism is a hugely important sector in the economy but also because they are an essential ritual. Societies have always had a period in the year which marks a break in normal life. In Europe, holidays play that role, replacing religious festivals. This year has been particularly difficult, so we will need to be able to rid ourselves of 2020 so far to make ourselves ready to start again in September.

Do you think these holidays will be different?

They ...

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