French Official Tells Tourists to ‘Treat Themselves’ With Trip to France as Country Reopens


France is opening back up, much to the delight of businesses catering to the tourism industry, along with restaurants, cafes and gyms allowed to resume indoor service on Wednesday in the latest reopening steps.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, France’s tourism minister, told would-be travelers on Wednesday to “Treat yourself, reserve now.” Americans and other tourists from most countries outside Europe must show proof of vaccination against the coronavirus.

France is only accepting the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which means tourism from the lucrative markets of China and Russia, which use vaccines not approved by the European Medicines Agency, will not return immediately.

“We want to hear Dutch, German, English, Italian, Spanish being spoken everywhere in the country,” Baptiste said. “We miss it. We miss you.”

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A climber takes part in the reopening of a climbing club in Paris early on June 9 as cases of COVID-19 fall and vaccinations rise.

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