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French Promised They Can Go on Holiday This Summer

PARIS — France’s government announced an 18 billion euros ($19.4 billion) plan to support restaurants, hotels and other tourist facilities that have been closed since mid-March amid the coronavirus crisis.

With the country starting to lift its lockdown this week, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe promised the French on Thursday that they will be able to go on holiday in France in July and August, including in French overseas territories.

The government hopes local tourism will help offset the anticipated absence of foreign travelers this summer. Tourism in France represents about 8% of the country’s gross domestic product, 30% of which comes from international visitors.

For now, travel across France is limited to 100 kilometers (62 miles) from home unless for compelling professional or family reasons.

Philippe said restaurants and cafes may reopen June 2 in regions with less virus infections. The final decision will be made at the end of May.

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