Tourism slump

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Tourism earnings in France are down by as much as 40 per cent on last year, AP reports from Paris. The French hotel federation said June and the first two weeks in July were 'catastrophic' and the rest of July and first half of August failed to make up the shortfall.

The federation blamed the recession, poor weather, too much hotel accommodation in some regions and holiday-makers taking cheap accommodation and shorter holidays, without booking in advance.