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France tourism up despite Paris attacks

Associated Press Associated Press 10/04/2016

The overall number of tourists visiting France in 2015 rose marginally compared to the year before, despite the two deadly attacks in Paris in January and November.

Government figures show that 84.5 million tourists visited continental France, an increase of 0.9 per cent compared to 2014.

The November 13 attacks in which 130 people died had a negative impact, with a drop of 15 per cent in the numbers of foreign visitors travelling to Paris in the months of November and December. Before that massacre, two shooters had stormed the office of a satirical newspaper in January, killing a dozen people.

The largest increase was among tourists coming from Asia, whose numbers grew by 22.7 per cent. The number of American tourists also increased considerably, by 15.2 per cent compared to 2014.

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