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France has given the green light for self-drive cars to hit the French roads on a trial ba­sis as part of a govern­ment ini­tia­tive to make France’s au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try more com­pet­i­tive. The ap­proval to use self-drive ve­hi­cles will al­low cars to drive au­tonomously if the driver can over­ride or switch them off at any time. With the ma­jor­ity of road traf­fic ac­ci­dents stem­ming from hu­man er­ror, it’s hoped th­ese ve­hi­cles will help re­duce France’s fa­tal­ity statis­tics.

SAIL IN STYLE

Euro­pean boat hire com­pany Le Boat is ex­pand­ing its fleet with a se­ries of new models of its high-end self-drive Hori­zon boats. Aimed to suit larger groups of peo­ple, the new ad­di­tion of the Hori­zon boat can sleep up to five, seven or nine peo­ple and are avail­able in the com­pany’s key French cruis­ing ar­eas of Canal du Midi and Bur­gundy. No boat han­dling ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary as a full brief­ing is in­cluded. Book­ings for the new Hori­zon models open on 1 Septem­ber.

TAKE THE BUS

France’s econ­omy min­is­ter, Em­manuel Macron has said that 22,000 jobs could be cre­ated by the coun­try’s re­cent bud­get bus travel boom by 2025. Al­most four mil­lion pas­sen­gers have trav­elled by bus in the past year and com­pa­nies are ex­pect­ing this fig­ure to dou­ble in the next. It’s thought that the boom is the re­sult of in­tro­duc­ing a law that abol­ished lim­its on long-dis­tance bus travel. Now there are 3,300 daily bus departures in the coun­try, of­fer­ing an­other af­ford­able travel op­tion.

TRAVEL APP

A new travel app, aimed at vis­i­tors to Cor­sica has be­come the go-to guide on things to see and do on the is­land. Free and easy to use, the Friendly Cor­sica app can be used while off­line and is avail­able in five lan­guages, of­fer­ing vis­i­tors and is­land lo­cals ad­vice on pop­u­lar points of in­ter­est such as mu­se­ums and lo­cal her­itage, and can also be used to book ac­com­mo­da­tion and re­serve ac­tiv­i­ties.

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