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Yellow vest protests hit France's tourism industry

French business leaders are calling for urgent action following an 18th Saturday of exceptionally violent Yellow Vest protests. In the country’s critical tourism sector, alarm is spreading as the spring travel season starts. Trails of smoke, smashed storefronts and ransacked shops are not the vision tourists expect on the Champs-Élysées, also known as one of the world’s most beautiful avenues. But following an exceptionally destructive Saturday of protests in the French capital, businesses are concerned that violence will deter customers. "There are clearly fewer customers, especially higher-end clients, people who come for the weekend. So, I am hoping that there will be a return to calm after this latest eruption of violence comes to an end," said Serge Cachan, owner of 17 hotels in Paris. His hotel on the Champs-Élysées has lost nearly 20 percent of turnover in December and January, when the Yellow Vest protests broke out.

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