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Italy launches app with incentives to get consumers to go cashless

Jan 18, 2021
In its battle against tax evasion, the government wants more Italians to change their payment method.
The Italian government is discouraging the use of cash and encouraging purchases by credit card to help it collect taxes.
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Monaco is seeing a boost in French visitors

Jan 4, 2021
French patrons are visiting restaurants and other establishments that remain open in the small, neighboring principality.
A waiter wearing a protective face mask sets a table on the terrace at the Cafe de Paris as restaurants and cafes reopen in Monaco in June.
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The luxury short-term rental market finds its niche

Oct 22, 2020
A market for people who are seeking select properties, and who are willing to pay the price. Concierge and helicopter service, anyone?
The owner of the Fort du Petit, available for rent on Airbnb, walks in front of the 17th century military fortress in northwestern France.
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Lourdes, dependent on pilgrims, sees economic downturn with pandemic

Oct 12, 2020
The pilgrims are only returning in small numbers compared with the 6 million a year who usually come.
Pilgrims stand in front of Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes on May 16, 2020.
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In France, outdoor mask requirements are seen by some as good for business

Sep 18, 2020
One community that adopted the requirements early says the change has been good for business.
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks on a street in the French city of Bordeaux, which has imposed stricter mask-wearing measures.
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In St-Tropez, the pandemic has muted the summer club scene

Sep 2, 2020
Many nightclubs have had to shut down or limit partying to outdoor areas.
Trying to get the party started at the VIP Room’s outdoors bar in St-Tropez. The club section is closed.
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To boost hand sanitizer production, France uncorks a novel solution

Jul 28, 2020
Some local officials have turned to their wine producers that have distilleries to tackle a sanitizer shortage.
Pharmacists use what’s called pomace brandy to make the sanitizer.
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Some Parisians consider leaving the city permanently in the wake of COVID-19

Jul 21, 2020
Realtors see an increase in demand for homes outside the city.
The the deserted Place de l'Etoile and the Arc de Triomphe  along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris.
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French farmers look to urban workers to help in the orchards during COVID-19

May 20, 2020
People who were confined at home in cities are signing up to help pick fruit for minimum wage.
Farmers at a vineyard in southern France.
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In midst of transit strikes in France, carpooling surges

Jan 6, 2020
As the transit strike continues in France, residents are turning to alternative transportation arrangements.
The Arc de Triomphe  along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris.
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