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People walk past a man sleeping in his cycle-rickshaw on the Champs-Elysees on car-free day.  (Lionel Bonaventure, AFP)
People walk past a man sleeping in his cycle-rickshaw on the Champs-Elysees on car-free day. (Lionel Bonaventure, AFP)

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma arrived in France last Sunday on a two-day state visit - a day after France hosted the closing function and the final of the Euro 2016, which was eventually won by Portugal. France has been in a state of emergency ever since the 2015 terrorist attacks that rocked the nation.

South Africa is showing increasing strain in managing domestic security as the country experiences perennial service delivery protests. Paris is the number one tourist destination in the world, offering a plethora of attractions and known for its service excellence.

France can teach South Africa many lessons, especially how it uses tourism as the number one sector to drive its economy. Tourism produces a multitude of labour intensive jobs and acts as a catalyst for other industries such as agriculture, manufacturing and construction.

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