French foreign tourism. Remarks on international mobility

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Without assuming that physical mobility will stay ahead of the new opportunities for virtual mobility, French tourism in other countries has produced the original idea of the internationalization of French society through the mobility of its individuals actors. The quantitative approach, though difficult to work with, demonstrates an increase in trips abroad, but also a social polarization of these movements which reproduces the divisions observable in other domains as a result of the phenomenon of internationalization. From a qualitative point of view, any conclusions remain limited and ambivalent because of a lack of in-depth studies in this area which has been largely ignored by internationalists. – Summary AFRI-2001