France looks to luxury state hotels
Published 07/10/2010 | 14:44
France should turn some of its historic chateaux into luxury hotels to raise more state funds, an official report suggested.
The survey, commissioned by president Nicholas Sarkozy offers other unorthodox suggestions for the cash-strapped country.
Mr Sarkozy asked senator Alberic de Montgolfier to draw up suggestions on how to make money through innovative uses for France's heritage.
One suggestion is opening luxury hotels in chateaux including Chambord in the central Loire Valley and Rambouillet outside Paris.
Another idea is promoting movie shoots at historic sites. The report also says the government should encourage people to buy state property.
Mr Sarkozy's office said the report is rich in ideas. The president has asked the culture minister to study it.