At the Grand-Colombier, the hornets panic in the peloton

At the old “Rendez-vous des gourmets”, near Millau, the hornets spoil everything and annoy everyone. The boss has tried the traps, the blue light that attracts them the better to grill them, the windows closed even in the middle of summer, he still has not succeeded in containing the treacherous attacks, inside and out. On the terrace, people having a drink suddenly remember that Armagnac contains sugar. Upstairs, guests are asked to enter their room with a bomb. Insecticidal gas erodes four months of life expectancy, but it suppresses that of hornets. At the beginning of September, the boss told us: “We must have a nest somewhere. This is how it is this year. Frankly, we don’t understand. ”

Swarm leader filled

In the Tour de France, it’s the same thing. Too hot a winter? Overripe pears that are good to eat on the tree? A reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field? Jumbo-Visma’s hornets, the black and yellow team, go wild. Yoann Offredo, professional runner and consultant for France Télévisions, soberly declares this Sunday: “They piss me off.” Beside him on the set, “the historian on duty” Franck Ferrand seems very shocked by this vocabulary. The chain launches its advertisement in disaster. The presenter takes the floor again by explaining that Egan Bernal is “human”. Because the outgoing winner of the Tour collapses in the fifteenth stage between Lyon (Rhône) and the Grand Colombier (Ain)? The Team Ineos climber is vulgarly left behind in the mountains, 13 kilometers from the finish, and we have to believe that only suffering makes “human”. But let’s give the real information behind this poor performance: it is still a hornet’s stroke. At that moment, there were five of them getting excited in a peloton of twenty terrified runners.

At the finish line, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (Team UAE-Emirates) sprinted victorious. His compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) jealously defends his yellow jersey, a week before the final arrival in Paris, with 40 seconds ahead of the winner of the day. The swarm leader is happy: “You know, I don’t even have to tell my teammates to put on a steamroller beat. They go very fast, it’s in their nature. ” Thomas Voeckler, another former pro, demands live on France 2 that «la science» looks at the case of Wout Van Aert, a teammate of Primoz Roglic. It was this Belgian rider, hastily labeled a “sprinter”, who eliminated Bernal in the mountains. The language of commentators is barely coded. The special year of the Covid will not have changed anything, the Tour returns to its patterns: a team that rolls outrageously, its leader who rolls outrageously, the suspicion of doping that follows. One would forget that it is the history of the whole Tour which is written in a relationship without nuances dominant-dominated: before Jumbo there was Sky, US Postal, Renault, Molteni, the Italian team, and so many than to make Peugeot cycles at the beginning of the XXe century. Each time, the peloton, a fringe of lovers and followers are sorry. As much about this supremacy as the lack of obvious explanation at first glance.

Hidden in the bushes

As if they suspected something, for fear of a dirty spectacle, brutal, degrading for human dignity, the organizers had chased sensitive souls on the course. Entry prohibited for minors. The three passes were closed to spectators, even when the signs announced them open. The prefect of Ain, a department classified as red in the progression of the pandemic, had decreed a “closed door” in the mountains. Better than leaving from Nice. The national police therefore evacuated the camper vans who had settled in up to a week in advance. Zero quidam at the top of the Grand Colombier. A man holds up a sign in the plain: “We were robbed of the finish.”

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Ascent of the Selle de Fromentel and the Col de la Biche: naughty cyclophiles are hiding in the forest. A gendarme passes by on a motorcycle? They enter a bush. The caravan arrives with a cart in the shape of a giant melon? Hands protrude from the thickets to receive gifts. A clandestine remarks: “It’s silly to keep us from going up and piling up with thousands of people down there.” After the film on the nudist hunt in Saint-Tropez, the constabulary is really chasing the spectators of the Tour de France. Kilometer 146, in the village of Mieugy, two gendarmes want to intercept a man who is training by bike two hours before the runners pass. This is David Brailsford, the manager of Team Ineos. “Sorry, sir, you have to stop.” The bikers end up letting it circulate. Brailsford bredouille, in French: “I’ve never seen that.”

Pierre Carrey special envoy on the Tour route


Mobile homes and caravans: this is where diesel lives

An Knaus Tabbert there is practically no way around it. Anyone visiting the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf automatically comes into contact with one of the five brands of the caravan and motorhome manufacturer from Jandelsbrunn in Lower Bavaria.

After all, the company occupies 24,000 of the total of 71,000 rented square meters in the exhibition halls on the banks of the Rhine – a multiple of the area from previous years.

“This is a clear commitment to the Caravan Salon”, says CEO Wolfgang Speck, who also gives a swipe to the industry leader Hymer, who usually occupies by far the largest area, but this time avoids the event due to corona.

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It is no coincidence that Knaus Tabbert is now so aggressive. Because there is currently a lot to distribute in the industry. The caravanning industry has been reporting record numbers for years. The corona crisis, however, is shooting the economy in this segment into new dimensions.

In July, for example, 16,112 motorhomes and caravans were newly registered in this country, reports the Caravaning Industry Association (CIVD). It was never more in a single month. In the period from January to July, the number of new registrations already totaled 70,551 vehicles, a good 15 percent more than in the previous year.

At the same time, the total figures for 2018 have already been exceeded in these seven months. And in August the boom continued again, as reported by the Federal Motor Transport Authority.

Young people rent their recreational vehicles

“Caravanning is one of the safest forms of vacation in these times,” says CIVD managing director Daniel Onggowinarso, explaining the trend. “Because you travel with a recreational vehicle individually and only with people in your own household and are largely self-sufficient with your own sleeping, living, cooking and sanitary facilities.” has been the main target audience of the industry.

“Young people now also find caravanning really cool,” says Knaus Tabbert boss Speck, referring to the company’s own rental platform “Rent and Travel”. There were 11,000 bookings through August 2020, which, according to the company, is almost three times as many as in the whole of 2019.

And half of these bookings come from the age group 18 to 34, as Speck reports. Mostly by camping beginners and newcomers. “It’s no longer a niche,” concludes Speck. “Caravanning has arrived in the middle of society.”

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And that’s where it will stay in Speck’s opinion – even if air travel destinations such as Mallorca, Egypt, Thailand or the Canary Islands are easily accessible again. Knaus Tabbert therefore wants to significantly expand its capacities. Yet again. Speck reports that 89 million euros have already been invested in expanding production over the past seven years. The 780 million euro medium-sized company, which plans to go public shortly, manages at least 26,000 leisure vehicles per year.

“Nevertheless, we are still lagging behind the market.” And that doesn’t even include the corona effect. Knaus Tabbert will therefore build a new factory in Hungary, which will produce 5,000 vehicles a year from autumn 2021.

The preferences of the camping holidaymakers are clearly distributed, not only at Knaus Tabbert. Almost three quarters of the market are for motorhomes, i.e. motorized recreational vehicles. By far the most important chassis supplier is Fiat with the Ducato model.

Most motor homes run on diesel

And under the hood there is almost always a diesel engine. “That is simply the most economical variant,” says Knaus Tabbert boss Speck. Sensible electric solutions, however, are not yet in sight, especially since the electric motor and batteries would increase the already high weight of the vehicles by a few hundred kilograms.

A youth who is rediscovering automobility – despite a poor climate balance. What seems like a completely absurd scenario becomes reality in the caravan world.

The industry does not see itself as a polluter. The CIVD refers to a study by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (Ifeu) in Heidelberg. According to this, fewer climate-damaging emissions are released when traveling with a motorhome or caravan than when traveling by air and / or touring with a car and staying at a hotel.

Although the CO2-Emissions on arrival and departure are high due to size and mass. The low consumption of the accommodation on site has an overcompensating effect. This was calculated, for example, based on a trip to Rügen and a trip to southern France.

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Retailers and manufacturers use the Ifeu results, which also coincide with previous studies by the Öko-Institut, to attract or reassure customers. Also at the caravan salon. Especially since there is a lot of buying there, especially this year.

The 2020 edition is much smaller than the previous events. There are only 350 exhibitors present, instead of 600 as in the previous year. And only a maximum of 20,000 visitors per day are allowed on the site – after full registration when purchasing online tickets and wearing a mask. However, those who come usually have intentions to buy, say the exhibitors.

45,000 guests were counted on the first three days. The trade fair has put several hundred helpers at their side so that the hygiene and safety concept is adhered to. There are no problems with this, as Clemens Hauser reports, Head of Technology at Messe Düsseldorf.

Messe Düsseldorf invests a lot in security

“It’s safer here than in a shopping center or furniture store,” says Hauser. In contrast to the Caravan Salon, there is no registration and no five-meter-wide corridors, seven square meters of space per person or five times more air exchange than officially ordered.

To do this, the exhibition company had to convert all of its technology. “Normally we use the heat that is generated in the halls during a trade fair and thus save a lot of energy,” describes Hauser. But now the air is simply blown out three times an hour and fresh air is sucked in again and pumped into the hall. “We are still lucky that the temperatures outside are so pleasant and that we neither have to cool nor heat the air.”

Nevertheless, the exhibition company’s energy costs will skyrocket, the company announced. By several hundred thousand euros. In addition, there is the expense for staff and hygiene items. The bottom line is that the Caravan Salon becomes a subsidy business for Messe Düsseldorf.

But it is worth it for the Rhinelander. After all, the industry has been completely idle since the beginning of March and is therefore longing for a new start. Accordingly, a signal should go out from the caravan salon. “We demonstrate what is feasible in times of the Corona,” explains trade fair managing director Wolfram Diener.

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Because there must be a new normal in the trade fair industry. “We cannot duck our heads and wait until the pandemic is over.” The industry is attracting a lot of attention. “Everyone’s looking at us,” says Diener.

Or even come over. Numerous delegations from other exhibition companies roam the halls, can be heard from the industry. Some even bring exhibitors of their own trade fairs with them to show them how and that the restart can work. Because many companies still find it difficult to visit a trade fair.

Even in Düsseldorf it is not yet certain that the world’s largest medical fair Medica can take place in November with its many international guests. However, the Rhinelander have firmly planned the “boat” in January. Because the visitor structures are similar to those of the Caravan Salon: Most of them come from Germany or the Benelux countries.


Home office is also possible in a mobile home

Mr. Speck, we are sitting here in a motorhome of your Morelo brand. What does this cost?

Daniel Mohr

Editor in the economy of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

270,000 euros. This is our luxury class. That goes up to 635,000 euros base price plus extras.

For this, others buy a stone house. Isn’t such a mobile home stolen from the campsite immediately?

We have everything you are used to in terms of security in a house. And also GPS trackers that are built into the motorhome. The vehicle can be found anywhere at any time.

This car here weighs 6.4 tons and is nine meters long. Do you give driving lessons so that the good piece doesn’t get the first scratch on the next corner?


Caravan Salon shows technical innovations and classics

Düsseldorf (dpa / tmn) – Feeling at home in mobile homes and caravans on the move: This is what models with underfloor heating, air conditioning that can be controlled by an app or with solar panels on the roof want to offer. 350 manufacturers will be showing their new products (until September 13) at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf. From a simple van with a pop-up roof to luxury caravans to luxury apartments on four wheels including a garage, the fair offers a suitable vehicle for every camping enthusiast.

Increased demand for motorhomes and caravans gives the Düsseldorf trade fair a tailwind. In the first half of 2020, almost 55,000 so-called leisure vehicles were newly registered in Germany – an increase of four percent compared to the first half of 2019. The caravanning industry experienced great demand, especially in the months of May and June. “Corona has given us an extra boost – this is the only form of travel with which one is self-sufficient,” said the managing director of the caravanning association CIVD, Daniel Onggowinarso, in the run-up to the fair.

The classic from Westfalia with solar module

The converted box vans are still very popular. Westfalia has been specializing in this segment since 1952. It all began with an English officer in North Rhine-Westphalia who wanted a converted car with sleeping facilities. The box van as a basis, the James Cook models have a pull-out bay window at the rear, with which the bedroom can be enlarged – for a basic price of 75,000 euros. “People want a compact vehicle, but they don’t want to forego space,” says Udo Schauland from Westfalia.

The electric pop-up roofs, under which an additional bed is hidden, are new. Until now they had to be set up manually. A light and powerful solar panel that Westfalia developed with the Fraunhofer Institute can also be built on the roof as a module. It feeds the batteries for the refrigerator and allows campers to travel completely independently. “The solar panel is very robust – if one plate breaks, the rest will continue to work,” says Schauland.

Separable areas ensure privacy

Malibu Vans also relies on the popular panel vans. For a little more privacy, the bedroom can be separated from the living room in your models. Room dividers are also available in the luxurious Live I from Knaus. Its interior is 17 square meters and can be divided into two rooms: bedroom with toilet and shower and living room with kitchen. “Many people want comfort as their greatest wish – and space is luxury,” says Knaus Tabbert spokesman Stefan Diehl.

The Vario Perfect from Variomobil is a classic among the luxurious, large caravans. The company builds 12 to 15 of these mobile homes per year and only on demand. With 31 square meters of living space, the 26-ton motorhome is the largest that the trade fair has to offer. “So I can continue to live in the motorhome, just like at home,” says Frank Mix, spokesman for Variomobil.

It is also the matryoshka doll among the mobile homes – a car can still be parked in the mobile home’s own garage. It’s like running a household, explains Mix. At around 880,000 euros in the basic price, however, it is not a bargain either.

Caravan trailers – for more flexibility at the vacation spot

The Caravan Salon does not only show mobile homes. The name of the fair is derived from caravans, the classics among motorhomes. This means that camping enthusiasts are a bit more mobile and flexible because the caravan can stay at the campsite while the car is used for an excursion, says Fendt spokesman Thomas Kamm. Fendt presents its diamond series. With a basic price of around 35,000 euros, these caravans are already in the luxury segment.

Both the heating and the air conditioning can be set with an app. In the 17 square meter caravan, not only the “Smart Home” technology or the underfloor heating should ensure a cozy vacation. There is even a crackling electric fireplace in the living room.

The manufacturer Weinsberg from the Knaus Tabbert Group relies entirely on electronics. Missing gas cartridges and the corresponding lack of maintenance costs reduce the price and also the maintenance costs of the Caracito caravan. Nevertheless, there are two glass ceramic hobs, air conditioning and heating. At a basic price of around 11,000 euros, the model is intended to appeal particularly to families with a small budget.


Skepticism – Liberation


After “whatever the cost”, the time has come for “at any cost”. In March, at the start of the epidemic, Emmanuel Macron used the first formula during a televised intervention. The organizers of the Tour de France, with the blessing of the authorities, prefer the second. Despite the health crisis, and in a context of rebound in the circulation of the virus, the Grande Boucle will start well this weekend in Nice. Will she arrive safely in three weeks in Paris? Doubt is allowed. But another question arises: is it the Tour de France that will start? The experience acquired with another great competition, the Football Champions League which has just ended with the victory of Bayern Munich, gives reason to doubt it.

The first concerned say it themselves. After some footballers, some runners, on condition of anonymity, confided their skepticism to Release on the eve of departure. “We are afraid that it will stop, but we are also afraid that it will start”, one of them told us. Even more interesting: “I do not know if France realizes the spectacle it is going to give.” Show… High-level sport obviously did not wait for the coronavirus to become a show. Olympic Games, Football World Cup, Grande Boucle have always been so. With each edition a little more. But what is a show without spectators? The stadiums are empty. The roads of the Tour will be deserted. Difficult to imagine.

Cycling is the popular sport par excellence, and the Tour de France has built its legend on this soil. So, what about the 2020 vintage without a crowd at the top of the passes? Even on TV, while the air conditioning in the office will replace the dampness of the campsite’s common room, the enthusiasm of aficionados may suffer. Of course, the start of the Tour shows that life goes on, despite the virus, and we can be happy about it. But we can also be worried that the Tour de France will mix better with the word spectacle than with the word cycling. And that the virus is, in sport as at work or in our social relations, an accelerator of a virtuality already in motion.

Paul Quinio


Holiday with a mobile home: Corona ensures a run on campsites

Bsets. Holding pattern. Thrown out of the line. Inquiries by e-mail are promptly followed by empty answers such as “We are sorry, but …”, on the homepages there are warnings in red letters: “We are fully booked!”

Anyone trying to reserve a campsite in Germany these days needs a lot of patience. “We have up to 450 inquiries – per day,” confirms Christof Albrecht, operator of Camp Langholz on Eckernförde Bay. He only has exactly 141 parking spaces available, which he could have rented three, ten, a hundred times.

Albrecht has never experienced anything like this. His place on the Baltic Sea is fully booked up to September, the year is almost over except for remaining places. “We are very relieved,” says the camping operator from Holstein.

As soon as the campsites in all federal states are reopened to tourists, many are almost closed again: classics on Sylt, Fehmarn and Usedom, in Kühlungsborn, but also on Lake Constance and in the Black Forest are almost fully booked in summer.

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Some municipalities – such as in East Friesland or in Western Pomerania – even show new parking spaces on the green meadow for camp excursioners desperately traveling through the area.

Corona increases the desire to camp

“Camping is Corona-savvy,” explains Thomas Reimann from the ADAC camping portal “Pincamp”. It is a vacation form in the fresh air, and “you have your own home with you”. Individual arrival, spatial distance from others, large distances even on the parcel, which is on average 80 square meters in size – “that calms you down”.

The demand is extremely high and has quadrupled compared to the previous year. 2020 could be another record-breaking camper year. The industry is experiencing a bathtub effect: “After the first wave of cancellations in April, there is currently a wave of bookings that is sloshing back,” says Reimann.

Which, according to a survey by the consumer forum “mydealz”, may also be due to the fact that every fourth German citizen wants to go to Germany this summer. According to a survey by the online portal Autoscout24, 60 percent of Germans can imagine a camping holiday in Corona summer.

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There is at least enough space for that. In this country there are around 3000 campsites with 230,000 parking spaces for caravans and mobile homes as well as 60,000 tent sites. 20 new ones open every year.

Bavaria is the most popular camping country, followed by the coastal states of Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. 2019 was already a record year: the number of camping nights increased by 3.5 percent year-on-year to 35.8 million.

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Alternative to air travel

This is due to the millennials in their mid-20s to mid-30s, according to the Caravaning Industry Association. Young families in particular were much more interested in caravans, also due to the change in image from the spartan, bourgeois camping cliché to a natural form of vacation.

The association has just announced an all-time high: 10,674 motorhomes were newly registered in May alone, “the best month in its history”. Most campers (86.1 percent) come from Germany – and stay almost alone: ​​Only Dutch (6.4 percent), Swiss (2 percent) and a few Danes (0.8 percent) mingle with holidaymakers.

New guests at the campsite

Many of them go to a campsite for the first time this Corona summer. New campers who have so far strayed from this very natural form of vacation or who have been put off by traumatic childhood experiences after rainy weeks in smelly, leaky caravans.

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Granted, you have to like camping. A tent structure, shaky camping chair idyll and the pitfalls of sewage disposal are not for everyone. Meanwhile: “Motorhome rental companies are experiencing a boom in demand from new customers who want to test this type of holiday,” says Christian Günther, Managing Director of the Federal Association of the German Camping Industry.

Popular: fully equipped luxury models with air conditioning, app-controlled heating, canopy, bathroom and kitchen, in which even the wooden spoon is a designer piece.

Rental accommodation is also in high demand as a light version – a way to get a taste of the camping atmosphere without sacrificing the comfort of a house. This is particularly appreciated by three-generation holidaymakers: the parents in the caravan, the children next to them in the tent and the grandparents in the little house on the campsite within easy reach.

In Germany the prices are cheap

Despite the increased demand, the costs remain manageable. The average price for an overnight stay at a German campsite for a family of three (two adults, one child) is just under 32 euros.

Germany is one of the cheapest camping countries. For comparison: in Austria you have to expect at least 37 euros, in Denmark with 42 euros, in Italy with 48 euros.

Offers from the Spreewald to the Sauerland

But where are there actually places to book? It is worthwhile to explicitly search for small providers that are located off the coast, such as on quarry ponds or in the middle of the forest.

According to the largest provider, Pincamp, there are capacities in the Brandenburg Spreewald and in the Laubetal, on the Franconian Lake District, in the Weserbergland, Harz, in the Thuringian Forest, in the Sauerland and on the Bavarian Brombachsee.

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They can also be booked online, even at Emsdeich in Lower Saxony and at Hunsrücker Mühlenteich. But there are also thousands of farms nationwide that offer space for up to three campers on the farm (

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The campsite, the tent, the rest: tips for beginners

The hammer

DThe part looked like a toolbox for preschoolers, but I could hardly believe my luck: a plastic hammer! In the last corner of Patagonia, in the only shop of the only cafe far and wide! During the night my tent almost flew away with me in the storm because I had only been half pressed the pegs into the stony ground. And now? The ideal solution, the ultimate, the actually impossible: a light, backpack-compatible hammer! The salesman looked at him as if considering whether he really wanted to part with him. He sighed. 20,000, he said, the hammer costs 20,000 pesos. Back then that was 25 euros. For a piece of plastic with a material value of – 30 cents? I looked at the seller. He looked at me. I knew what he was thinking. He knew what I was thinking. It was almost like a duel. I Payed. He gave me the hammer. That was almost twenty years ago. I still have the part.

You need a hammer to camp. A normal, heavy one when camping by car; a lightweight one made of plastic when you’re backpacking. Both can be used to punch pegs into the ground – you can only push them in under ideal ground conditions, and they rarely or never exist. Deeply pegged pegs are elementary, otherwise the tent cannot be tensioned well. Then it becomes the game ball of the elements. You don’t have to endure in Patagonian storms to have this camping experience. A thunderstorm on a campsite near Edemissen-Abbensen is enough.

Speaking of which: Throw away the pegs that came with the tent and get new ones. Buy them from specialist retailers, do not pay attention to a few euros, take more than you actually need: Even a single missing herring can mean a sleepless night (and then some tent models cannot even be set up properly). It is best to take two variants with you: the long ones with a V-profile for moist, deep soil or sand; Pegs with a T-shaped end for everything else. And when you’ve tied up your tent, go over to your camping neighbors and lend them your hammer.

Stefan Nink

The mosquito repellent

Those who do not defend themselves are consumed. Of the many known methods of suicide, that of camping without insect repellent is a less well known, but all the more painful. And even more avoidable. Anyone who has ever camped in Scandinavia or Scotland in summer knows that eating alive is one of the most indispensable holiday memories. And if you want to spare your designated tent partner graciously the old household remedies and prefer not to crawl into your sleeping bag with a waving garlic flag or tufts of lavender under your armpits, you have always used the small red spray bottle with the inscription: “Anti-Brumm Forte.”

The name is rescue program. When the Stiftung Warentest experimentally releases mosquitoes on people, “Anti-Brumm” regularly scores with top marks. It has the longest effects, both with mosquitoes and ticks, and even in the tropics the traditional Swiss repellent is feared: it effortlessly kills the Asian tiger mosquito, the carrier of dengue fever, as well as the malaria-transporting Anopheles mosquito. The good old all-purpose product is based on the active ingredient DEET, the “gold standard among insect repellents” (self-promotion). It was developed by the US military in the mid-forties and recommended specifically for the tropics. The pleasantly medical odeur, somewhere between iodine, sandalwood and chemical accident, gives the camping-motorized tent muff a pleasantly urban, even civilizational note.


Camping: camping beginners for the amusement of worry

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Camping beginners for the amusement of worry

On a campsite, not much happens necessarily. All the more welcome newbies who don’t know the rules yet. To warn instead of you, followed you fate your miss. The experienced also our author.

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The Foreign office lifts its travel warning for most of the European countries. Nevertheless, many are careful with the topic of holidays abroad. The travel industry areas, is anticipating a Boom for the local holiday.

Erfahrenen campers wouldn’t think of in a dream, to leave shoes on a night out. Do not slide them under the camper or Camping Bus, or into the awning. Bring you you prefer to to safety. And with good reason. The opportunities would otherwise be very high that the next day one of the two shoes is gone. Or both.

Stupid only, that this rule has not yet everywhere around spoken – for example, to those inexperienced Camper newcomers, who are used to leave your Outdoor shoes exactly where you are: and so on the outside, not the inside. The Camping novices, then the next day with only one Shoe on-the-go, eyed from Camping neighbors that sit in Faltstühlen with can mount and look at.

Clearly, you would have been able to warn beginners. But campers are individualists, which will let newbies get cold feet. In addition, the search for missing shoes increases the entertainment factor on a comparatively uneventful camping in the middle of the nature.

Foxes, that steal shoes?

In this night, only a single Pair of shoes was in fact far and wide outside the door. Birkenstock sandals, neatly side by side. My Sandals. The next Morning, only a single Shoe is here. Where is the left sandal?

I play as a dwarf to a neighbor, who is already on the lookout. “Oh, that was the Fox,” she says. And he adds: “It makes shoes not outside.” I am resolving not to like the woman and keep looking for my missing sandal. She remains missing.

Caught: A Fox at the Shoe mouth

Caught: a Fox at the Shoe mouth

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Foxes, that steal shoes from campsites or from the gardens? Alone, this summer, cheeks, Blaubeuren, Germany, Stuttgart, and Berlin, were found in Trier, approximately 50 abgekaute, partially chewed shoes in addition to Fox-buildings – Crocs, Flip-Flops, sneakers, Sandals, also boots, from terraces, from gardens and house entrances deported.

The phenomenon is not new – famous Shoe foolish Fox in Rhineland-Palatinate, pine, and had stockpiled 200 shoes was in 2010. Even in hotel properties, the animals lying in wait: A guest filmed 2017 at a Zurich hotel pool, a Fox in broad daylight a flip-flops stole while the owner was in sight in the hot tub. Pretty crafty.

A foible for shoes, especially female animals

In Japan refers to, with Shoe thieves, that’s no fun. There, it is customary to place the shoes in front of the door. In 2018, the neighbors of a block of flats near Kyoto, suspected each other, to have their shoes stolen. Only after five police officers had been under surveillance for six hours at night in the area, they discovered the culprit: two red foxes, the wegschleppten just a pair of shoes.

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Foxes like shoes. Just why? Reinhard Klenke, biologist and Population Ecologist at the Leipzig Helmholtz centre for environmental research, know More. “So a little bit of foot sweat, maybe mixed with the rubber smell, is attractive for foxes, the world smells different.”

There are, by the way, wen s, especially the females, have a foible for shoes a surprise. Klenke: “The Cases want to bring the Small little toy.”

Foxes are playful and seem to have a fondness for objects made of leather or plastic that you can carry away easily. My left sandal, at least, disappeared.

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Violent protests in Minneapolis, Renault savings plan, Adama Traoré … Most of the news of this Friday

News in France

Renault. The automaker unveiled a vast savings plan on Friday with nearly 15,000 job cuts expected worldwide, including 4,600 in France due to difficulties accentuated by the health crisis. It provides for the closure of only one site in France, that of Choisy-le-Roi in Val-de-Marne, the president of the car manufacturer, Jean-Dominique Senard, said at a press conference on Friday. «Each decision, each saving measure has been weighed at length with the employees in mind that of course these decisions could disturb ”. Our report in Choisy-le-Roi.

With. The coronavirus epidemic has killed 52 new people in 24 hours and the number of patients in intensive care continues to decline, according to the report released Friday by the Directorate General of Health.

Budget. In order to cope with the coronavirus crisis, the government presented on Friday a comprehensive emergency plan for communities of 4.5 billion euros, including 2.7 billion euros for the departments, announced Matignon. Friday morning, Édouard Philippe had already unveiled an envelope of 1.75 billion for municipalities and inter-municipalities, which included 750 million euros in compensation linked to the loss of tax revenue.

Hydroxychloroquine. Dozens of scientists have published an open letter expressing their “Concerns” on the methods of the large study published in the Lancet, which led to the suspension of clinical trials on hydroxychloroquine. The researchers point out “Concerns related to methodology and data integrity”, and draw up a long list of problematic points, from the refusal of the authors to give access to the data to the lack of“Ethical review”.

Deconfinement. Don’t save, spend. This is the message that the Minister of Labor Muriel Pénicaud sent this Friday. She called on the French to “Come out” and “use” the 60 billion euros “Put into savings” during confinement in order to “To start again” activity and “combat” the economic and social crisis.

Investigation. The latest medical expertise in the investigation into the death of Adama Traoré, a young 24-year-old black man who died in 2016 during an arrest, once again dismisses responsibility for the technique of arresting the gendarmes in his death, a AFP learned Friday from a source close to the case.

Rally. The day after the former minister’s agreement with the local right, the Republic on the march withdrew its investiture from Gérard Collomb on Friday for the second round of municipal elections in Lyon, the presidential movement said in a press release.

Galeries Lafayette. After Printemps, which had obtained an authorization to reopen from the administrative court, it is the Galeries Lafayette which will reopen on Saturday morning following the green light from the police headquarters, announced Friday the Parisian department store, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus epidemic.

In the world

Minneapolis. Five hundred National Guard soldiers were hard at work Friday morning to restore calm in the US city of Minneapolis, after a third night of violence following the death of George Floyd during his arrest by police, according to a statement military. A team from the American 24-hour news channel CNN was arrested by police on Friday morning. The main policeman involved was arrested. Our report.

With. The pandemic has killed at least 360,419 people worldwide since its onset in December in China, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources. The United States, the country with the most deaths and cases, records 101,621 deaths. But experts agree that this official record is likely below reality. This is followed by the United Kingdom with 37,837 deaths, Italy (33,142), France (28,662) and Spain (27,119). By far the most affected country in Latin America, Brazil has passed 26,754 dead. Peru, for its part, has passed the 4,000 dead mark. Follow our live.

Moderation. A new act in the Trump vs. social media war. While the American president signed a decree on Thursday aimed at limiting the protection of social networks and the latitude they enjoy in the moderation of their content, one of his tweets was posted again this Friday. This post about the clashes in Minneapolis in connection with the death of George Floyd was reported on Friday by Twitter for “apology for violence”.

South Korea. The country – which on Thursday recorded its largest outbreak of new cases in nearly two months (+79) – on Friday imposed restrictions on the number of students its schools can accommodate in Seoul and its surrounding areas, hoping to contain new sources of Covid-19 contamination. Nurseries, primary schools and colleges in the metropolitan area of ​​Seoul, where half of the country’s population lives, will only be able to accommodate one in three children, and the rest will have to take distance education.

Volkswagen. Still entangled in the dieselgate scandal, the German automobile giant Volkswagen announced Friday a total investment of around 2 billion euros to develop in the electrical sector in China, the world’s largest automotive market.

Also read on

Laurent Nuñez. The Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior defends security forces questioned for their action during the confinement and refutes the distrust of part of the youth and social movements. Read the interview.

Camping. In the South, the campsite owners impatiently awaited the reopening and are preparing their establishments which will welcome tents and caravans from June 2. From our special correspondent in Saint-Raphaël.

Interview. If the Covid-19 crisis upsets our hierarchies of values, do the various measures taken during this pandemic not promote a neoliberal agenda? According to the philosopher Barbara Stiegler, the contactless society and the dematerialization of activities favor the dissolution of the collective and the stifling of social struggles, which it is important to pursue after the crisis. Read here.

Le P’tit Libé. The pandemic is not easy for the elderly: their lives are threatened because of this virus, so they must keep as far away as possible from those around them. Why are our links with them important? And from what age are we old? It’s the new issue of the week!

Check News. Does the Covid-19 ultimately kill less than expected? Answer here.

Tomorrow in your journal

On the menu of Release this weekend, you will find our event on the scientific community which risks emerging weakened from the epidemic, three pages in Minneapolis in the violent demonstrations after the death of George Floyd, the savings plan of Renault, the state of OM after the false start of his coach, an interview with the collapsologist Agnès Sinaï, in Images pages, the photographer Philippe-Lorca diCorcia, in Music, the songs that heal, in Books, interview with Louise Mey, in Food, the coffee grounds, and in der, chef Jean-Claude Cahagnet.



Travel in spite of Corona: Camping is possible again – travel

Each state has its own rules. But little by little camping will be allowed again everywhere – subject to conditions.

The way back to camper freedom is red-yellow-green in Baden-Württemberg. The red phase, the acute crisis management, is behind them. The carefree green is still in the distance. The yellow phase begins on Monday. From then on, the long-term campers that Günter Ziegler has only seen on his “Kirchzarten” site in the southern Black Forest in the past few weeks can stop by to have a quick look around to mow the lawn and ventilate the motorhome. From Monday onwards, they can stay in their second home again. “Not everyone has a nice garden and a big house at home,” says Ziegler.

The German map of campers is currently as small and complicated as a state structure in the 19th century: every federal state issues hygiene regulations and sets relaxation periods. Berlin is expected to open the campsites on May 25, they are already accessible in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein are opening like Baden-Württemberg on May 18, Bremen and Hamburg have not yet decided, Bavaria will , also open here the latest – on May 30th.

The prerequisite for approval in Baden-Württemberg was that the campers were “self-sufficient”, as Ziegler says. Your caravan must therefore have a shower and toilet. The shared sanitary facilities as well as other common rooms on the square may not yet be used. Ziegler has rental caravans, which he can already offer, but only because he can also provide separate sanitary areas that are accessible with their own key. So everything is complicated – for operators and guests alike.

The cleaning work the operators face presents them with great challenges, says Ziegler, who is also Vice President of the Federal Association of the Camping Industry in Germany. Showers, toilets, wash basins – as soon as it was possible to use the shared sanitary facilities, they would have to be cleaned and disinfected “much more than before”. That costs money and would actually require additional staff. But even now, says Ziegler, hardly anyone can be found who wants to do this work.

The losses for the first quarter for its operation alone amounted to several hundred thousand euros. Easter business, May 1st, a Bulli meeting – all gone. At Pentecost, yellow guests who do not have a permanent place should be allowed to come in the second step of the phase. Requirements such as mouth-nose protection for personnel will be relatively easy for operators to meet. It becomes more difficult with the distance rules for the campers themselves. Who wants to play as a groundsman and take care that guests don’t grill with their neighbors?

The requirements differ depending on the federal state, but everywhere it should be the case that operators thin out parking spaces and customers have to reserve in advance. Ziegler asks for leniency that operators are currently accepting reservations with reservations – “they simply do not yet know how many guests they can accept”. The rush already seems to be big.

At the Via Claudia Camping site in Lechbruck am See, Ostallgäu, three employees are busy answering emails. She receives an average of 180 inquiries per day, says Felicitas Weeber, the managing director. They are already fully booked well into August. Of course, you have to act carefully for the well-being of the guests and the staff, “but also with reason,” says the pharmacist Weeber. “Too much fear damages the immune system. People should get back in balance, feel good.” And where is that better possible than in nature, when camping?

On the camper association provides information about the requirements in the federal states

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