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France's biggest nautical show casts off in Paris

8 December 2012

There are some xmas stocking fillers that only a select few can afford and the International Boat Show in Paris perhaps most appeals to them. But the organisers say there really is something on offer for everyone as the nautical world is a crucial industry for France. “France leads the world in sailing boat production, semi-rigid inflatables and windsurfs. It’s the third placed for motor boats,” says Louis-Noel Vivies, head of Press at Nautic. “And it’s true that it’s a model sector because it’s a big employer, with large exports and an aggresive commercial and technology sector,” he added. Despite many feeling the pinch from belts being tightened, sailing and luxury yachting remain huge draws with around a quarter of a million people expected to visit the nine day show. And there are the latest hi-tech solutions for the sailor who is concerned about the environment and energy saving with hybrid motors and solar panels taking pride of place on the green ship dock. Our Paris correspondent, Giovanni Magi, said: tThis exhibition, one of the biggest in the world, celebrates the nautical industry as an important sector for the French economy and in these wintry times, it’s also a chance for thousands of people to start dreaming about a summer holiday.”