Terror, strikes and rain: France sees 7% tourism drop

Tourism has been struck a severe blow from attacks by Islamic State jihadists, shuttering public events and prompting jittery visitors to stay awayThe number of tourists visiting France has dropped seven percent since January, with foreigners deterred by terror attacks but also by bad weather and transport strikes, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Monday. “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.

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