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As French tourists discover Paris, local restaurants discover a demanding clientele

No queues at a concession stand under the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.
No queues at a concession stand under the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France. © Screen grab, FRANCE 24
Text by: Marie SCHUSTER | Yuka ROYER
3 min

Fear of the coronavirus coupled with travel restrictions have made foreign tourists a rare sight in Paris. Instead it's the French who are converging on the city to re-discover their capital. But the French have tighter purse strings than US or Asian tourists, and they are not spending enough to compensate for the loss of tourism revenue.  

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Some restaurants have seen a 90 percent drop in income compared to last year. 

"It's expensive in Paris," said one visitor. "We paid €5 for a croque monsieur (a type of grilled-cheese sandwich) and a slice of pizza. Everything is pricey, especially at the Eiffel Tower."

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See also: French Connections – An unusual summer for France's struggling tourism sector

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