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If the French were keen to leave this summer, they have to deal with a tighter budget. Restaurants, water activities or even beach shops, the extras go by the wayside.
Crowded streets in Mimizan, in the Landes. The tourists are back, but inflation has changed one vacationer’s plans: “We came less time, we visit fewer restaurants”. “We braked on activities that also have a very high price, such as paddle or pedal boating. You have to be careful what”, points out another. Less frequented leisure activities, such as the little tourist train which has half the number of visitors than usual. Facing the ocean, lower expenses also in restaurants: “They consume but they are more careful. Instead of going to the restaurant maybe two or three times, they will only go once to have fun”.
Same observation in Corsica. Tourists are more numerous, but less spendthrift. On the beach, they avoid impulse purchases. This merchant sees the average basket drop by 20% this year: “Parents can’t buy what the kids want, even low prices at 3-4 euros”. Vacationers also pay attention to fuel, especially for motorhomes. However, nothing to prevent the majority of French people to go on vacation. Seven out of ten took a few days off this year, 10% more than last year.