03 April 2006

France / Tourism: "...we'd have to take some measures"

From the International Herald Tribune:

Protests in France against the new labor law, and the worldwide coverage they are receiving, are worrying the country's tourism authorities, who fear that travelers will stay away if the disturbances persist.

"If the events were to continue, we'd have to take some measures," Tourism Minister Léon Bertrand said in a telephone interview.

"Two more weeks and we're going to have problems," he said.

Paris, the world's No. 1 tourist destination, with 26 million visitors a year, is already regarded by various foreign countries as a potential danger zone.

The embassies of the United States, Britain and Japan warned their citizens to steer clear of parts of the city after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the employment plan. More protests are expected next week.

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