French beauty spot seeks to stem surge of nature-seeking tourism

With the pandemic pushing people increasingly outdoors in search of nature, one of France’s most popular natural attractions has found itself a victim of its own success. Huge traffic jams, chaotic parking, ever larger crowds, litter and the trampling of flora have forced the Calanques National Park to act. As well as introducing new restrictions, the park no longer hesitates now trying to put off visitors from coming at certain busy times. Last week, its board of directors decided to test-drive a tool for alerting people in real time when parts of the park are too crowded in a bid to persuade…

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