News Summary: France learns to speak 'touriste'

News Summary: France, the world's most visited country, now wants to appeal to tourists

Associated Press

TIGHTFISTED TOURISTS: More people visit France than any other country in the world: 83 million last year. But it's only No. 3 on the list of places where visitors spend the most. International visitors spent more than double in the U.S. than they did in France last year.

BAD REPUTATION: France has long had a reputation for being a bit difficult to visit: Shops and restaurants are closed on Sundays, and pickpockets swarm Paris' major tourist destinations.

CHANGE: The government wants to create a tourism policy that will increase economic growth and jobs.

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