Pandemic shatters ‘flourishing’ Paris tourism

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Paris,France — Tourism in Paris, one of the world’s most visited cities, has plunged due to the coronavirus, sparking fears of mass closures for thousands of businesses that rely on eager visitors from home and abroad, its senior regional official said Thursday.

Due to COVID-19, 14 million less tourists explored the French capital in the first six months of the year compared to last year, the right-wing Ile-de-France (Paris region) president Valerie Pecresse said.

“Tourism is an extremely precious economic activity for Ile-de-France which represents 500,000 jobs and 7 to 8 percent of regional growth,” Pecresse said at a press conference.

“For the past four years, we had been a…

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