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France suf­fer­ing from be­ing too pop­u­lar, new TV to chal­lenge Net­flix and Brexit.

Aproac­tive cam­paign which has been on­go­ing over the past few years, aim­ing to at­tract tourists to France, has been so suc­cess­ful that the coun­try is now strug­gling to cope with record num­bers of visi­tors. The cam­paign was set up to ad­dress a de­cline in tourism fol­low­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris and Nice, but in 2018 France was once again voted the most vis­ited coun­try in the world.

Now, some of the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions are strug­gling to ac­com­mo­date the sheer vol­ume of in­ter­est. Visi­tors to some lo­ca­tions, such as the Lou­vre, Mont Saint-michel and the châteaux of the Loire Val­ley are hav­ing to wait in long queues, and are be­ing en­cour­aged to book tick­ets up to three months in ad­vance where pos­si­ble, such is the surge dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods. A slid­ing scale of ad­mis­sion prices, with peak times be­ing more ex­pen­sive is also some­thing that many places are con­sid­er­ing to help bal­ance out at­ten­dance fig­ures. France is ex­pected to re­ceive more than 90 mil­lion for­eign visi­tors this year, a fig­ure pre­dicted to rise to over 100 mil­lion by 2020, so mea­sures need to be put in place to pre­vent over-tourism, and the so­cial ten­sions that can re­sult in local com­mu­ni­ties put un­der that pres­sure.

ABOVE: Tourist hot spot Mont Saint-michel re­ceives huge num­bers of visi­tors ev­ery year

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