when fuel prices weigh on the holiday budget of the French

Elise Denjean, edited by Romain Rouillard
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8:55 a.m., June 27, 2022

This year again, many French people will use their car to go on vacation. But with fuel prices soaring, many will have to tighten their belts. Putting aside certain little pleasures, driving slower, various tips will be popular this summer.

It’s a thorn in the side of many vacationers. Soaring fuel prices will weigh on the holiday budget of the French, despite the aid at the pump put in place by the government. In an attempt to control costs, everyone is trying to find a solution. “Leisure, we will do less”, concedes this woman at the microphone of Europe 1, “there, we had to reduce the price for the hotel. As a result, we did not take a super super hotel”, recognizes this other vacationer.

It is generally on the small pleasures that the French will cut corners like Murielle, who is going to leave for a few days in Normandy. “Without complaining, it’s obvious that we have to make choices. So we’re going to leave by car, we’re going to try to have the best vacation possible, but we’ll do less of a restaurant. We have a retirement that’s not expandable unfortunately.”

“We prefer to leave for less time and enjoy a little”

Some, however, have no intention of depriving themselves once there. It was therefore necessary to make choices, in particular to shorten the duration of the holidays. This is the case of Jocelyne, carer who will leave for two weeks instead of the usual three: “If it’s to leave and stay there doing nothing, it’s not interesting. So we prefer to leave for less time and enjoy a little.”

Finally, many are planning to drive slower this year to reduce fuel consumption, even if it means avoiding the motorways in order to save on tolls.

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