COVID-19 Impacts - France

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Economic Outlook - France

Although COVID-19 cases are finally slowing down in countries such as China, and various parts of East Asia, France is still very much in the storm, and the economy is still falling, not recovering. As in other parts of the world, the French and E.U. governments are taking significant measures to slow the spread of the virus and minimize damage to the economy. Businesses right now are mostly just trying to manage liquidity crisis and adjust to a new normal. However, there are a few businesses who are finding creative ways to build their brand, and sometimes even their bottom line, during these challenging times.

France is still deep in the COVID-19 storm

The French and E.U. governments are taking measures to help manage

  • Both the E.U. and French governing bodies are taking significant measures to both stop the spread of the virus and help save the economy from long-term damage. Unfortunately, public health measures that are saving French lives by flattening the infection curve, are also increasing the negative economic impact of the virus, and drawing out its effects.
  • According to the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic studies, French economic activity is down 35% overall from this time last year, and it is estimated that an additional 1 month of confinement will lead to a 3% loss of GDP for the year, while 2 months will result in a 6% fall. Despite more people staying home, electricity use is 20% less than expected since the start of the crisis. A 15% contraction of the economy is anticipated for the second quarter of the year, and the French economy could shrink 5% overall during the course of 2020. This economic contraction is expected to weigh heavily on the country's tax resources, and to increase the budget deficit to 7%.
  • The French government is not standing idly by. French Economy Minister, Bruno Le Maire, has detailed a plan which will provide 345 billion euros to help support the economy, with 45 billion of that going towards helping companies cancel or defer their social security contributions, and with 300 billion going to secure bank loans and prevent businesses from going bankrupt.
  • The French government has also gotten approval from the E.U. government to defer taxes in a number of sectors, including the airline industry, which has lost significant revenue since the French government shut down most of its traffic flow. And the government is considering nationalizing the larger French airlines to prevent the total collapse of the industry, and the huge economic and social cost that would entail
  • If there is any hope to be had, it is that China seems to slowly be making its way out of the storm. New infections have decreased dramatically, and China is slowly reopening its economy, although significant challenges remain. People are still hesitant to venture out, and there is always a risk of a resurgence of the virus.
  • However, people are starting to move about again, and it is anticipated that China, whose economy contracted drastically during the 1st quarter of 2020, may see a strong rebound in the 2nd half of the year. Since China was hit over a month before France, it will be helpful to look at how the recovery plays out there to see what pitfalls French businesses can avoid as the virus dies down there.

Businesses face a changing economy and cash flow struggles

  • Companies are struggling across almost all industries in France. Small and medium-sized companies especially, are having trouble meeting their cash flow requirements, as most businesses are partially or completely closed, while still having to keep up with at least some overhead costs, such as labor, utilities, and office space rental. Because of the government restrictions imposed to prevent spread of the virus, 1/3 of French employees have been forced to start working from home, and another 1/3 have been at least temporarily laid off.
  • In the retail industry, companies are noticing a disturbing trend. During other economic downturns, customers have typically "stepped down" from more expensive brands, to similar, less expensive retailers. With the COVID-19 crisis though, customers have for the most part, halted all purchases of non-essential items. This has forced many stores to take a reactive stance and stop making capital expenditures. Instead, they are sitting on cash in anticipation of impending cash flow shortages.
  • When they can, many companies are also taking out loans to tide them over. This is a risky undertaking, since future revenue is highly uncertain. It is still unknown if, or when, COVID-19 will resurge, since there is not yet a vaccine available. Also, there is no guarantee that the industry will ever return to its pre-COVID-19 state. In fact, in some parts of the retail industry, it is anticipated that there will be a permanent move towards less traditional, and more online retailing. Many stores may run out of liquid assets before the shutdown ends and have to file for bankruptcy, and additional debt will only complicate things, adding stress to already struggling financial institutions, and decreasing the ability of these lenders to lend to others.
  • The measures being taken by the French government, including guaranteeing corporate debt up to a certain amount, will likely help companies in the short-term, but are cause for concern, as overextended businesses and lending institutions contributed greatly to the global recession in 2008, and could delay economic recovery.

Businesses get creative and adapt to the new normal

  • Despite all of this uncertainty, companies that do have the means are doing their best to start adjusting to what is likely the new normal. Since most operations are closed down right now, companies have the opportunity to strategize and figure out how their business will look in a post COVID-19 world.
  • Stronger companies may be able to buy competitor companies who are struggling, at a discount. Many other companies will have to rethink their mission as they face uncertainty as to whether customers will return, whether another pandemic will hit, and whether their supply chains will remain stable. Just-in-time inventory has been the industry trend for a while now because of the cost savings it allows, but after the crisis, more companies may choose to keep supplies on hand so that they can be ready for any disruptions in the chain.
  • Some companies are getting quite creative, and shifting their shutdown production lines to the production of much needed medical supplies and devices. Many of these companies have received authorization from the French government to sell the much needed supplies. In addition, if properly marketed, these companies will receive a significant PR boost that could help them differentiate themselves from competitors once the crisis is over.
  • BioMerieux, for example, is a French biotech company that has shifted gears and started producing COVID-19 testing kits with a shortened result window. The company marketed this good deed via a company press release. In addition, it received a boost in visibility from Forbes, who wrote an article about "companies helping the cause." And it is not just high-tech engineering companies who are getting a boost from this method of promotion, famed French make-up company, L'Oreal, has converted production at many of its plants to making hand sanitizer, which has been in extremely short supply during this pandemic.

Research Strategy

The request prompt was seeking indicators of economic recovery in France. However, France is not yet in recovery. COVID-19 cases continue to escalate, and the country will likely remain shut-down for another month at least. Despite this, some companies are finding a way to forge ahead and start recreating and rebranding themselves so that they can be successful in a post COVID-19 world. We researched some of these companies, and have included a brief outline of both the challenges these companies are facing, and the methods that they are using to overcome.

After our initial analysis of the political and economic challenges facing French companies today, our research focused mainly on the retail industry due to time constraints. There was no data available on the impact of increased advertising spending on sales or market share after the recovery, as the recovery has not really begun yet here. However, there were a number of articles featuring companies who have decided to join the COVID-19 fight by making supplies and medical devices. Although, the numbers are not yet available to show the impact of this strategic and PR friendly move, it is likely that French consumers will look favorably on businesses that took actions to save lives during the crisis. Furthermore, many of these businesses are now able to make money on the sale of these supplies, instead of having to pay workers and overhead costs for a shut-down factory.
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COVID-19 Impacts on Film and Movie Theaters - France

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, theaters across France have closed temporarily. The closure has already lost the film and movie theater segment millions of money and the number is only expected to go up. The government of France is handling this by offering subsidies and financial measures to help the industry with its losses. Additionally, some movies and shows are going straight to Videos on Demand and streaming services.

Movies Released on Streaming Sites

Decreased Admissions

  • Despite having new showings come out, February admissions were down 19.5% compared to last year.
  • Box offices are expecting a worldwide loss of 17 billion in ticket sales in the next few months because of the virus closing theaters.
  • Because of the closures, the damage in Italy is currently at $108 million for the television production business, but the damage is expecting to only continue going up.
  • In Italy, the box office was down 70% the week before theaters shut down.

Temporary Theater Closings

New Upcoming Films Fate

Government Subsidies for Cinemas

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COVID-19 Impacts on TV, Music, and Live Events - France

As COVID-19 closes businesses, limits transportation, and disrupts everyday life globally, France's television, music, and live-event segments of the entertainment industry have not been spared. The French entertainment industry is suffering the same cancellations, postponements, and general impacts as the global entertainment industry.

MUSIC

  • Live Nation canceled the final two dates of Madonna's Madame X Tour. This comes on the heals of the cancellation of a January 27 concert due to "injuries that have plagued me since the beginning of the tour," her website noted.
  • Since the lock down in France, musicians have not been able to play together, which can present a problem for orchestras. The Orchestre National de France compiled its musicians playing Ravel's "Bolero" and posted it on YouTube. It's been viewed more than 670,000 times.
  • Public-gathering limits have closed and canceled clubs and entertainment venues across France, which has limited gatherings to 100 or fewer people.

TV

LIVE EVENTS

  • Renowned festivals and annual events around the world are being shuttered due to COVID-19. France is no exception.
  • The biggest film event of the year in France, the Cannes Film Festival, has been delayed until at least late June. The festival has been canceled only twice before: its inaugural year, 1939, due to World War II, and in 1968, when France was embroiled in massive social upheavals.
  • Combining dance, Baroque costumes, theater, food, and live music, London's annual Great Masked Ball is an immersive Swan Lake experience held at the Palace of Versailles—and its being canceled due to COVID-19.
  • Goût de/Good France is an opportunity for chefs around the world to showcase their gastronomic expertise; it has been postponed to October 2020. For the second year running, 5,000 chefs in more than 150 embassies showcase French food and preparations; they will focus on responsible cuisine.
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COVID-19 Impacts on Automotive - France

Plant shutdowns across France are expected to affect thousands of workers and lead to the production losses of thousands of vehicles. The cancellation of the consumers segment of the 2020 Paris Motor Show is likely to affect vehicle sales for participating auto companies. The closure of all auto dealerships in France has resulted in new car sales dropping by 72.2% in March 2020 when compared with March 2019.

Plant Shutdowns

Paris Motor Show

  • On March 30, 2020, organizers of the Paris Motor Show, which is supposed to be held from October 1 to 11, 2020, announced that the main part of the event would be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • As of now, only peripheral business-to-business events such as Movin'On, Smart City, and other off-site events are expected to go on.
  • The cancellation of the consumers segment of the event is likely to affect car sales for participating companies as the biennial event attracted over a million participants in 2018.
  • According to the organizers of the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the event has influenced the "future purchase of over 400,000 new vehicles."
  • Auto manufacturers will also have limited opportunities to showcase new cars.

Auto Dealership Closures

  • All non-essential businesses in France, including auto dealerships, have closed since the middle of March 2020 due to a strict virus lockdown.
  • This has resulted in new car sales in France dropping by 72.2% in March 2020 when compared with March 2019.
  • Brands owned by French auto manufacturers that have recorded over 50% decline in March 2020 include Opel (PSA Group, 89%), Dacia (Renault Group, 80%), Citroen (PSA Group, 77%), Peugeot (PSA Group, 69%), and Renault (Renault Group, 69%).
  • Global brands that have experienced over 80% decline include Jeep (85%), Fiat (82%), Seat (82%), Suzuki (82%), and Volkswagen (81%).
  • According to the French auto manufacturers' committee, new car sales for 2020 are expected to decline by 20% based on the assumption that the "lockdown would end, and normal activity be resumed at the end of April or the beginning of May."
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COVID-19 Impacts on Travel and Hotels - France

The travel and hotel sectors have experienced significant, adverse consequences from the COVID-19 outbreak. These include widespread customer cancellations, forced reductions in service, a requirement to issue refunds and change in customer policy in relation to travel plans changes. The impacts experienced in these sectors are outlined below.

AIR TRAVEL IMPACTS

  • The airline industry has been devastated globally due to customer cancellations or government-mandated restrictions and this issue has been prevalent in France. On 18 March 2020 Transavia France reacted to national and international travel restrictions by canceling all flights to or from France until April 19, 2020. Consequently, Transavia is required to reimburse all affected customers. The sole exception to this cancellation notice is for government-approved repatriation flights.
  • Similarly, regional connection airline, Air Corsica, canceled all of their scheduled services on 18 March 2020 for the following 15 days. To maintain connectivity for those people with imperative travel needs as well as for the transport of freight and medical supplies, a vastly reduced schedule was introduced with an average of 1 return trip per day across all of its routes. In addition, capacity onboard was reduced by more than 50% on each flight to maintain physical distancing requirements.
  • On 31 March 2020 Air France, France's largest airline carrier, announced that due to a sharp decline in customer demand and government restrictions, the airline would be reducing its flight capacity by up to 90%, for a period of 2 months.
  • Air France has introduced special fare tickets which allows passengers to cancel their original flight in return for a travel voucher valid for one year across its flights and those of its partner airlines.
  • On 31 March 2020 Paris’s Orly airport, France's largest airport for domestic flights, closed for the foreseeable future given the reduced air traffic caused by the coronavirus crisis. Companies who were still operating at Orly up until the closure, including Air France will have their flights moved to France's biggest airport, Charles de Gaulle.
  • Charles de Gaulle airport's passenger numbers have fallen to approximately 10,000 per day, compared to 200,000 before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country.


ACCOMMODATION INDUSTRY IMPACTS

  • As the COVID-19 situation in France has worsened, the country's daily hotel occupancy rate has fallen drastically. On 26 February 2020 daily hotel room occupancy was 65.3%, however, by 17 March this had fallen to 3.3%.
  • The fall in hotel reservations has been even more acute in the country's capital, Paris. Absolute occupancy has fallen 97.2% year-on-year to 1.8% on 17 March 2020 following the closure of the European Union's borders to most non-EU citizens.
  • The fall in demand and availability of tourists has led to hotels pivoting their traditional purpose to attract revenue. The French government has partnered with accommodation providers to temporarily house homeless people as a mitigation measure against the spread of the disease, with 170 rooms expected to be available by 26 March.
  • French hotel chain Accor, via more than 40 hotel brands within its portfolio, has offered capacity of 1,000 to 2,000 beds to accommodate homeless people throughout the country in conjunction with the Ministry for Cities and Housing.
  • In addition, Accor has created a dedicated helpdesk (CEDA — Coronavirus Emergency Desk Accor) to centralize government requirements and provide accommodation solutions across France. The chain has also partnered with the AP-HP university hospital trust and its associates to provide its services to all medical staff involved in the fight against COVID-19 so that they can access accommodation near their place of work.
  • As of 1 April 2020, all ski resorts have been temporarily closed and rail transport to them canceled.


OTHER TRAVEL IMPACTS

  • The Eurostar rail service which operates within France has been forced to implement a vastly reduced timetable in response to increased border controls enforced by the French government and lower demand for travel. This reduced timetable also means that the service will temporarily not operate travel to and from several smaller stations on the route.
  • Due to this timetable reduction and service cancellations, Eurostar is now offering eVouchers for those passengers due to commence their journey between 13 March and 1 June 2020 so that alternative travel plans in the future can be obtained.
  • World-famous travel attraction Disneyland Paris has been closed temporarily until further notice.
  • Ferry operator Brittany Ferries, which operates from 5 different French ports, has suspended all passenger travel services until 22 April 2020 and is presently only operating very limited freight ferry services.
  • Ride-hailing car service Uber suspended its UberPool service in France on 17 March 2020.
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COVID-19 Impacts on Finance - France

The French government is bracing itself against expectations for negative financial growth and plummeting stock prices in light of the recent spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, several multi-billion euro stimulus packages have been introduced to protect French businesses and employees. New domestic monetary policies have also been introduced in an effort to maximize the impact of financial aid, and severe trade restrictions have been implemented to foster "economic patriotism", a move that some anticipate may lead to an increase in nationalism.

Impact #1 — Financial Aid Packages

  • $32 billion of the $45 billion euro aid package is slated to provide relief in the form of deferred taxes and other charges for businesses, as well as complete debt cancellation for companies facing bankruptcy.
  • Other earmarks include $8.2 billion for reimbursing companies facing the effects of reduced labor and $2 billion for small businesses that have been forced to close in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The French stimulus package, totaling almost 2% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) on its own, is among the factors expected to push France's national debt to exceed 100% of the country's GDP in 2020.
  • In addition to the $45 billion package, French President Emmanuel Macron announced government loan guarantees totaling up to $300 billion euros in aid to French companies. The government expressed hope that this assistance will also limit the exposure of French banks to potential losses.

Impact #2 — Stocks and Bonds

  • Following the announcement of a month-long travel ban between Europe and the United States by US President Donald Trump in early March, stock prices across Europe tumbled, with the Paris CAC 40 falling over 5%.
  • The CAC 40, France's primary stock benchmark, has fallen by nearly 30% in total since January 24th of this year, the date that France's first COVID-19 case was confirmed.
  • Market regulators in France issued bans on March 17th against short-selling certain stocks in an effort to relieve pressures driving stock prices downward, a measure which may last as long as a month if needed.
  • The announcement of the ban resulted in a short-lived boost to the Parisian stock market early in the morning's trade, though gains deteriorated quickly later that day.
  • On March 30th, Finance Minister Le Maire declared that French businesses taking advantage of government-issued financial support during the COVID-19 crisis are barred from stock buybacks or paying out dividends to shareholders. The move is reportedly an effort to ensure companies' cash flow remains invested in French businesses.
  • Government bonds in France are also under pressure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, with yields on 10-year bonds climbing to 0.20% on March 16th (a nine-month high), indicating decreased rates and demand.
  • Costs for insuring against defaults have also skyrocketed, doubling in recent weeks in the market for five-year credit default swaps to reach their highest levels in more than a year.

Impact #3 — Trade

  • Supply chains in France and the rest of the European Union (EU), typically relatively permeable and frictionless, have been disrupted or broken by border closures among member states as part of efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • On March 24th, Finance Minister Le Maire began urging the nation's citizens and supermarkets to practice "economic patriotism" by stocking and buying French products, which may lead to a larger shift toward more nationalist economic policies in the region.
  • France, alongside other EU countries such as Germany and the Czech Republic, has announced a ban on the export of protective gear, such as face masks.
  • The ban is an effort to avoid domestic supply shortages, already an issue in most EU countries. French Health Minister Olivier Veran has declined to respond to questions regarding the ban despite criticism from other EU member states.
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COVID-19 Impacts on QSR - France

Since France has placed restrictions on the congregation of its citizens, all restaurants in the country are currently closed. As a result of this, French citizens have been more focused on making their meals at home. While there has been some economic fallout for the QSR industry, the government has put certain measures in place to ensure that the companies and their employees still remain financially viable.

Store Closures

  • In an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the French Prime Minister, Edouard Phillipe, placed the country under lock down on March 17, 2020. This has led to the closure of many establishments, including quick-serve restaurants (QSR).
  • As a response to this directive, Burger King closed all its restaurants in the country. They have, however, provided a pictorial guide for persons at home for how to make their favorite sandwiches like the Whopper, Big Fish, and the Steakhouse Burger.
  • McDonalds also closed all its restaurants in the country in keeping with the lock down. This would affect the over 1,400 restaurants that are operated by the franchise in the country.
  • While there were measures in place for Domino's to continue operations under certain restrictions, the decision was made to close the restaurants entirely on March 19, 2020.

Impact on French citizens

  • The restrictions may have closed the restaurants and cafes, but French citizens are still able to buy the food they need at the market. This is a significant change in behavior for them as they are considered to be a very social people.
  • With this in place, more citizens are focused on buying the essentials and preparing their own meals at home.

Impact on the QSR Industry

  • Based on the closure of restaurants worldwide, it's been noted that sales could fall by as much as 27% on a global scale.
  • Where restaurants are concerned, Domino's has experienced a drop in its profits since the closure of its restaurants. McDonalds has not put a figure on the impact the closures have had but admits that there will likely be some effect.
  • To make it easier for companies and their employees to get back on their feet after the pandemic, France has put a number of ordinances in place that aim to help businesses remain in the black. One of those programs will be providing financial assistance to employees who have been told to stay home.

Research Strategy

Given France's country-wide restrictions on movements and congregation, all quick-serve restaurants are currently closed. In light of this, a more in-depth look has been presented of the impact those closures have had on the citizens, restaurant employees, and the companies involved. While detailed information was not always available for the QSR industry specifically, overall data was used to determine similar outcomes.
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COVID-19 Impacts on Retail - France

The retail industry in France has been hit hard by COVID-19. Due to the surge of cases, the French government has been strict in closing "non-essential" businesses to the public. Hence, stores that sell essential goods have seen surges in demand while other stores, such as clothing stores, have been forced to close.

Supermarkets

Fashion and Clothing

Pharmacies/Drug Stores



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  • "Following the decisions of the French government and the European Union imposing a strict travel restriction, we are forced to significantly reduce our flight program. From March 21, all Transavia flights to or from France are canceled until April 19. All customers of canceled flights will be automatically reimbursed. It is not necessary to contact our Customer Service. For the days of March 18 to 20, only the flights indicated below are maintained in order to allow the repatriation of customers in France . All other flights are canceled."
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  • "In accordance with new government instructions imposing a strict limitation on individual travel, the company AIR CORSICA modifies its flight program for the next fifteen days. All scheduled scheduled flights are canceled. A minimum program is triggered on the 12 public service lines in consultation with the Executive Council of Corsica, in order to maintain Territorial Continuity for the benefit of people with imperative travel needs as well as for the transport of freight, medical and blood samples. As of March 18, the AIR CORSICA network will therefore be operated in the following ways: Reduced frequencies, with an average round trip return per day and per line:"
  • "Reduced capacities, in order to comply with the physical separation measures in force: Airbus A320 limited to 80 passengers instead of 180/186 usually ATR 72 limited to 30 passengers instead of 70 usually Special sanitary measures for crews and cabin cleaning."
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  • "Due to increasing travel restrictions, and faced with a sharp decline in demand, we will be reducing our flight capacity by up to 90% over the next few days. This capacity reduction is currently planned to last 2 months. We are continuously monitoring the situation to adjust our services in real time."
  • "In addition, following the announcement of the closure of Paris-Orly airport on the evening of March 31, 2020, we are adapting our flight schedule and, as from April 1, 2020, we will transfer all our scheduled flights to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. All connecting flights will be ensured as initially planned in your trip, and you will be informed of any change done on the flights of your reservation."
  • "If you have a ticket for a flight operated by Air France, we recommend that you plan your return trip to Europe as soon as possible, by modifying your booking online in the "My Bookings" section of our website or in the mobile application. You can also contact your travel agency. If you wish, you can also purchase a new ticket at a special fare. You can then cancel your original flight and obtain a non-refundable travel voucher valid for one year on all Air France, KLM, Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic and Kenya Airways flights."
  • "If you have purchased a ticket* before 31 March 2020 for a flight departing before 31 May 2020, you have until 30 September 2020 to postpone your departure date without change fees, subject to the availability in the same travel cabin. Your new trip must begin no later than 30 November 2020 included."
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  • " Paris’s Orly airport will shut down on Tuesday in light of the collapse in air traffic amid the coronavirus crisis. France’s biggest airport for domestic flights, Orly will be closed until further notice at midnight – after hosting just ten flights and around 1000 passengers on Tuesday, as the number of people taking flights has plunged thanks to the stringent measures adopted to try and contain the transmission of the coronavirus. Under normal circumstances, Orly hosts 600 flights and 90,000 passengers. After its closure, the four companies still operating there (compared to more than 100 before the coronavirus pandemic) will move to France’s biggest airport Charles de Gaulle, on the other side of Paris."
  • "Charles de Gaulle is also reeling from the coronavirus crisis, with around 10,000 passengers a day compared to 200,000 before the pandemic struck. The situation for French airlines is “simply catastrophic”, France’s National Commercial Aviation Federation warned on Tuesday, adding that the government’s proposals to help out distressed airlines are “necessary but not sufficient”."
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  • "As the COVID-19 situation in France has worsened, the country's daily hotel occupancy plummeted to as low as 3.3% on 17 March, according to preliminary data from STR and In Extenso TCH. Daily occupancy in the country was as high as 65.3% on 26 February and had been positioned above 30% through 12 March. However, a sharp downward trend began as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew and the government implemented measures to combat the spread. STR's most recent data for 17 March showed that just three of 100 rooms on average were occupied in the country."
  • "At the market-level, Paris reached a daily occupancy peak of 84% on 17 January, during the start of Haute Couture Fashion Week. The market's daily occupancy remained above 50% as late as 3 March, however, downward movement began on 1 March, and absolute occupancy fell 97.2% year over year to 1.8% on 17 March amid the closure of the European Union borders to most non-EU citizens."
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  • "The French government has opened up hotel rooms to the homeless during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to French media. Housing minister Julien Denormandie announced the measures at the National Assembly yesterday, after speaking exclusively with Le Parisien on Wednesday. The first rooms were made available in Paris on Wednesday evening. The government promises that over 170 rooms will be open by the end of the week."
  • "LeFigaro reported that French hotel group Accor has also pledged 600 rooms across the country. This will cost the government €50 million, though Denormandie promises that the government will go further if necessary. “Solidarity will not be a victim of Covid-19,” he assures."
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  • "The CEDA telephone helpdesk – Coronavirus Emergency Desk Accor – has been created in order to centralize needs and provide accommodation solutions across France in collaboration with Accor Group’s hotel owners and the relevant authorities. As a result, requests can be sent directly by email to ceda@accor.com. This platform means we can respond quickly to needs and emergency situations. So far, more than 40 hotels (hotelF1, ibis budget, ibis, ibis styles, Mercure and Novotel) are offering a total capacity of 1,000 to 2,000 beds to accommodate homeless people throughout the country. Accor is continuing to work in conjunction with the Minister for Cities and Housing, Julien Denormandie, and Samu Social (emergency service for the homeless) to continue to identify additional needs and respond as effectively as possible to requests nationwide."
  • "At the same time, the Group has decided – in collaboration with the AP-HP university hospital trust and its partners – to open this service to all medical staff involved in the fight against Covid-19. They will therefore be able to access accommodation near their place of work via the CEDA platform. In addition to these initiatives, the CEDA platform will make it possible to centralize all accommodation requests from public authorities and professional associations and to provide them with rapid and tailored responses in accordance with needs."
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  • "To provide you with flexibility and peace of mind we are able to offer you an eVoucher if you are due to commence your outbound Eurostar journey between Friday 13 March and Monday 1 June 2020. We will offer you an eVoucher equivalent to the full value of your current Eurostar train or Eurostar package (train + hotel) booking. You can use this eVoucher online to make a new booking by 30 September 2020, to travel to any Eurostar destination up to the end of March 2021 (subject to availability). "
  • "We continue to operate some services but please be aware that we’ve significantly reduced our timetable in response to increased border controls agreed by the French government and lower demand for travel. The reduced timetable will allow those that are required to travel to do so, across a small number of services to reflect lower demand. Please note that whilst operating a reduced timetable, we regret to advise that we will not be able to operate to and from Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International, Calais Fréthun and Lille Europe stations for a temporary period."
  • "All ski resorts in France have now closed because of increased border controls and restrictions on day-to-day movement agreed by the government due to coronavirus. So, unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel all ski trains for the rest of this year’s season. "
  • "In line with measures introduced in France, Disneyland Paris is temporarily closed until further notice. "
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  • "In light of these announcements and advice, Brittany Ferries has temporarily suspended passenger services until 22 April 2020. We apologise sincerely to all those affected customers. Limited freight-only services are operating between the UK, Ireland, France and Spain."
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  • "Ride-hailing company Uber will suspend its car-sharing service UberPool in London and Paris within hours, Uber confirmed to POLITICO. UberPool allows users to book trips at lower cost by sharing the car with other passengers traveling in the same direction. The service will stop at 10 p.m. local time in London, and by 8 p.m. local time in Paris."