France, like most European cities will celebrate on Saturday May 18th the European Night of Museums. The event was established more than 10 years ago, on the third Saturday in May. During this special and magic night, French museums open their doors to visitors, until late into the evening. It is free of charge! The event is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and aims to make culture more accessible to all. For this event museums organize in addition to presenting their permanent collections special activities like shows, readings, concerts, candle lit visits…
After Italy and Monaco, where he met our “neighbour” Prince Albert II of Monaco, President Xi Jinping began his trip to France with a private dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron. They were both accompanied by their wives. This first meeting took place in Beaulieu-sur-Mer in the villa Kérylos, an iconic monument in the charming seaside resort located less than 10 km from Nice and Monaco. For safety reasons all the roads around had been closed, which made it difficult for a group of Italian students to arrive to our language school, Beaulieu Riviera Language Center!
France attracts record number of holidaymakers. Visit France!
France tourist numbers should hit a record again in 2018: 90 million is the number of foreign tourists that France should have hosted in 2018 according to the latest projections. A record!
An attractiveness that does not benefit everybody
This success, however, is unequally distributed. Paris and its surroundings as well as the French Riviera have fully benefited from this craze. The Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles or the Mediterranean light have attracted people from all over the world. Normandy and its landing beaches, the Loire Valley and its castles or Bordeaux and its vineyards have also attracted foreign tourists.
Number one in France: British tourists!
This year again, the British should be the most numerous to go to France for their holidays. However, during the summer, there were many Italians and Spanish who crossed the border to discover the richness of the historical, cultural and natural French heritage. But Europeans were not the only ones to choose France as a destination, and tourists from the United States (+ 15%) and Japan (+ 25%) also contributed to this record level of attractiveness.
French people also go abroad
On the other hand, other regions along the Atlantic coast and especially in more rural areas had a more mixed summer. Bookings of nights by the French are even down. These French areas are in fact traditionally visited mostly by the French during their holidays, but they went abroad this year, especially to Greece, Tunisia or Croatia.
A favorable context for French language schools
For French language schools for foreigners, these figures are good news and they should be confirmed by the results of centers mainly located in the most attractive areas, like on the French Riviera where there were more than 10 million of hotel night and apartment bookings during the first half of the year.
Vers un record de touristes en France en 2018
90 millions, c’est le nombre de touristes étrangers que la France devrait avoir accueilli en 2018 selon les dernières projections. Un record !
Une attractivité qui ne profite pas à tous
Ce succès est cependant inégalement réparti. Paris et ses environs ainsi que la région Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur ont pleinement bénéficié de cet engouement. La Tour Eiffel, le Château de Versailles ou la lumière méditerranéenne ont séduit aux quatre coins du monde. La Normandie et ses plages du débarquement, le Val de Loire et ses châteaux ou encore Bordeaux et ses vignobles ont également attiré les touristes étrangers.
Learn French – Take French courses in Beaulieu-sur-Mer
French is one of the very few languages spoken all over the world, on all five continents. It is ranked the sixth most widely spoken language after Mandarin Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish and Arabic. The second most widely spoken language in Europe is French with over 77 million speakers. It comes after German (around 100 million) but ahead of English (around 61 million). Learn French, take French courses in Beaulieu-sur-Mer and be competitive!
French a working language
French is one of the working languages of the United Nations alongside English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese. It is also one of the working languages of many other international institutions: OECD, UNESCO, UNHCR, NATO, UNICEF, the Council of Europe, FIFA, etc.
France and the French-speaking countries play an active part in the world economy, accounting for some 20% of world trade in goods. Learn French – Take French courses in Beaulieu-sur-Mer and boost your cv!
French a path to a successful future
Thus, French opens many doors in life and can be your path to a successful future.
Whether you are learning for your studies or your work, we, at Beaulieu Riviera Language Center, will make sure you reach your goals and find the French courses that suit you.
You can choose from our wide range of French language immersion programs and make the most of your experience while taking part in our fun social and cultural activities and excursions. In your classes and outside classes, you will meet people from all over the world, practise your French and live unforgettable moments.