HOLIDAYS in France could return in July and August as the country starts easing their strict lockdown measures.
However, only domestic travellers are expected, with still no confirmed dates on when British tourists will be able to return.
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France currently has 178,870 cases of coronavirus, with 27,425 confirmed deaths – one of the worst hit countries in Europe between the UK, Spain and Italy.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told local media that French people could begin to travel within the country during the summer months as the government plans to spend €18m (£15.9m) on tourism.
He said: "The French will be able to go on holiday to France in July and August.
"The tourist sector is probably facing its worst time in modern history. Saving it is a national priority."
The country is still in lockdown after eight weeks, although shops and schools are beginning to reopen.
While the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower remain closed, smaller museums and attractions are starting to open – but Paris remains on full lockdown.
Beaches are also opening in some regions, including, Finistère, La Baule and Pornichet in western France.
However, British holidaymakers are still left in the dark about when a holiday could be back on the menu.
The UK government has denied that anyone coming from France will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine.
The comments come despite the Prime Minister, in a phone call with French president Emmanuel Macron last week, stating that "no quarantine measures would apply to travellers coming from France at this stage".
Downing Street strongly denied that France will also be handed an exemption, with a spokesperson explaining: "If you look at what was actually said in the joint statement on Sunday night, it said no quarantine measures apply to France at this stage and the key words in that sentence are 'at this stage'."
"So there is no exemption agreed with France. What we have said is that we will be working together with the French on this issue in the coming weeks."
Some hoteliers fear tourists may not be able to return until 2021.
Chateaux owner Stéphanie Gombert told Forbes: "I doubt for the whole year we will have any international tourists."
President of the Departmental Tourism Committee, Sylvie Chevallier added: “We know that foreigners will not return in 2020.”
The UK government has also warned that foreign summer holidays are likely to be cancelled this year.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told This Morning, when asked if they won't go ahead: "I think that’s likely to be the case. I think it’s unlikely that big lavish international holidays are going to be possible for this summer."
Yet European Commission vice president Margrethe Vestager is more positive, telling BBC's Radio 4 she hoped Britons could travel abroad for a break in July and August.
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