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Berezina for French tourism

Hotels, restaurants, parks… everything is closed. The shortfall could reach 10 billion euros in April.

Like the Megève ski area, all French ski resorts have been closed since March 13.
Like the Megève ski area, all French ski resorts have been closed since March 13. xavier FRANCOLON / SIPA / xavier FRANCOLON / SIPA

Home leave. As school holidays begin this Saturday, French tourism professionals know this: Easter 2020 will be an economic disaster. Their revenues will be reduced to zero. Even on (forced) leave, the French will remain confined to their homes. The country’s borders are closed: foreign tourists have had to postpone their stays indefinitely. Cafes, restaurants, leisure parks, ski resorts … everything is stopped. Since the start of containment, each passing day has meant hundreds of millions of euros less in revenue for French tourism.

“In normal times, the Easter holidays give the” la “of the tourist season”, says Corinne Menegaux, director general of the Paris tourist office. Usually, Paris and its inner suburbs welcome more than 2 million tourists in April: 47% French, 53% foreigners, mainly Americans, Germans and British. The occupancy rate of

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