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The number of foreign tourists visiting France has fallen seven percent since the beginning of 2016 mainly due to terror attacks, said French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Tuesday.

Fear of terror attacks was not the only cause for the dip, as unfavourable weather and the impact of nation-wide strikes also played a role, Ayrault said.

The perception of the security situation among luxury travelers and financial difficulties in countries such as Russia or Brazil influenced the dip, he said during a work trip to the Loire Valley, south of Paris.

Tourist hotel occupation in Paris fell by 6.4 percent, down to 14.9 million, one million less than during the first quarter of 2015.

Ayrault said he would be holding a "Financial Emergency Committee" in Sept. to focus on tourism, concentrating on the worst-hit regions.

Tourism, according to figures released by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, generates about seven to eight percent of France's Gross National Product (GNP) and represents some two million direct and indirect workplaces.

Ayrault said he planned to boost spending on tourism promotion by half a million euros, adding to the million euros supplied in March to try and compensate the damage inflicted by jihadist attacks.

The Minister said France expected to welcome some 80 million foreign tourists this year, which maintains France as the world's favourite tourist destinations.

He said France envisions a target for the year 2020 of 100 million tourists a year.