France’s ‘massive’ 18 billion-euro aid plan ‘gives the tourism sector a bit of hope’

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced a “Marshall” plan for the tourism sector of up to €18 billion euros to save the industry, hardly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Tourism is “a national priority”, Philippe said, as the sector represents 7% of the country’s GDP and 2 million jobs. “This is good news and gives the tourism sector a bit hope”, Michael Dodds, director of Normandie Tourisme, told FRANCE 24.