Tourism is booming again in France, as isCOVID-19.French authorities have "invited" or "recommended" people to return to the use of face masks, but have not been able to update restrictions that scare visitors or revive anti-government protests. did.
Many people, from Paris commuters to French Riviera tourists, seem to welcome the government's light touch, but say that the necessary precautions may be needed. There are also concerns.
According to government data, virus-related hospitalizations have increased rapidly in France over the past two weeks, with nearly 1,000 COVID-19 patients hospitalized per day. Our World in Data estimates that infectious diseases are increasing across Europe and the United States, but in France the proportion of people in hospitals is very high.
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French government spokesman Olivia Gregoire has stated that he has no plans to reintroduce national regulations, limiting or setting conditions for indoor meetings and other activities.
"French people are fed up with restrictions," she said on Wednesday on channel BFMTV. "We are confident that people will act responsibly."
In last month's French parliamentary elections, President Emmanuel Macron lost a majority in parliament and the government's previous vaccine. And the right and left parties protesting Macron's rules won the seats.
After the Prime Minister advised him to resume wearing masks on public transport this week, commuter Rafael Vertaldi said, "We need to deal with the virus, but live for it. I can't stop. "
Vertaldi On a train in Bushy Saint Antoine in southern Paris, she opposed requiring the use of masks, but said she would cover her mouth and nose again if the government requested.
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Paris postal worker Hasani Mohammed did not wait for the government's decision. He wears a mask before his daily commute. He does not want to run the risk of being infected with the coronavirus three times, as his wife has recovered from surgery and has two children at home.
"I realized that a pandemic is not a thing of the past," Mohammed said.
Mask is controversial in France. Early in the pandemic, the French government suggested that masks were useless. It finally introduced some of Europe's toughest restrictions, including indoor and outdoor mask obligations that lasted more than a year, in addition to strict blockades.
A court in Paris ruled on Tuesday that the French government had sufficient stockpiles of surgical masks at the start of the pandemic and was unable to prevent the spread of the virus. The Parisian administrative court also ruled that it was wrong for the government to suggest early on that masks could not prevent people from becoming infected.
The government has lifted most virus restrictions by April, and foreign tourists have returned to French Mediterranean beaches, restaurants and bars by land, sea and air.
Meanwhile, French hospitals are suffering from long-term staff and funding shortages. Local authorities are considering new measures, including mandatory indoor masks in some cities, but nothing to curb economic activity.
French tourism experts Americans benefit from the depreciation of the euro, and others rediscover overseas travel after a more restricted presence for more than two years, so despite the virus Expect a booming summer season with numbers that could exceed pre-pandemic levels.
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In the French Riviera, a slow economic recovery began last summer. However, attendance at the rally was still restricted, and due to social distance rules and travel restrictions a year ago, most visitors to the area were French.
Nice tour guides and electric bike taxi drivers explained the joy of seeing foreign visitors again. During the repeated blockades in France, she transported essential workers and took people to hospitals for the care of older relatives and PCR tests.
Now, her cyclist from the United States, Australia, Germany, Italy, or a hand disinfectant taped to the barrier between the passenger and driver's seats is beyond reach. .. She said she was enthusiastically disinfecting her bike "like 2020" before every ride.
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A retired couple from the UK visited France on their first overseas trip this week as the pandemic travel restrictions were lifted. They started with a cruise down the Rhone_the ship required a face mask – and ended in a few days in the Mediterranean.
"I was happy from start to finish," said Ross Lancy, who was in her husband Gordon and Nice. "Everyone is very happy to see you, everyone is really polite and kind to the visitors."
Sue Baker, who was traveling with her husband Phil and Lancy's , Says: "It feels like it was before 2020."
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Phil asked about the possibility of a resurgence of French mask rules "Masks are a bit uncomfortable, especially in the heat," Baker said.
But his wife added, "If that means we can still go on vacation, we will put them back without hesitation." ..
Le Deley was reported by Bushy Saint Antoine in France.
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