France sees 7pc tourism drop
The number of tourists visiting France has dropped 7 percent since January, with foreigners deterred by terror attacks but also by bad weather and transport strikes, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said. "Tourist arrivals since the start of the year have fallen by seven percent across the country," with Paris worst- hit, said Ayrault, who is also tourism minister.
France is the world's top tourist destination. The sector accounts for around nine percent of its gross domestic product. The industry has been struck a severe blow from attacks by Islamic State jihadists, shuttering festivals and other public events and prompting jittery visitors to stay away.