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02 July 2017

Brits travelling to Calais will be allowed to drive on the LEFT in bid to attract more tourists

BRITS travelling to Calais will be allowed to drive on the left hand side of the road – to make them feel more at home.

Top politicians in the northern French town are proposing the radical idea that would attract more tourists to the port.

Xavier Bertrand and how the sign might be altered

The town’s image has been blighted by thousands of migrants flocking there to try to cross the Channel to Britain.

But authorities think it would be workable to allow Brits coming off the ferry or Channel Tunnel to drive around the town as if they were in Britain.

Politician Xavier Bertrand, president of the Northern France region said he wanted to let Brits drive on the left in France to make them feel more welcome.

He said: “I have the dream of the British coming here and we let them drive on the left in Calais – or somewhere else in Hauts-de-France.

“It would show they are welcome.”

The Sun understands that the authorities hope to be able to allow Brits to drive on the wrong side of the road during one of the May bank holidays next year.

Driving on the left could be a possibility in Calais
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A source close to Mr Bertrand added: “It’s an idea that Xavier has had, and it is something that has attracted a lot of interest.

“We are quite excited about it.


“In France the mayor of a town has the power to make a rule for the day – as if there was a major event.

“We would hope to do it on a bank holiday – maybe on a day when beautiful cars are heading to Le Mans Classic.

“It would be a designated area – but we would want to make it feel like you are in a British city.

“If it was just one road, it would be completely fake – it would have to be real.

“Ultimately it will be up to the mayor Natacha Bouchart to implement it.”

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The town’s image has been blighted by thousands of migrants flocking there to try to cross the Channel to Britain[/caption]

 

Officials reckon the move would be workable for tourists arriving off ferries
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Last week hundreds of British visitors were bussed into Calais to give the troubled port’s tourist industry a boost.

They were winners of an online draw organised by the authorities in Calais, who spent £150,000 on the treat.

Mayor Natacha Bouchart said: “This is an exceptional town and, yes, although we have had problems with migrants, we are more than that.”

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