Airbnb has blocked 240,000 reservations in France to “avoid illegal parties”

In the last 12 months of the pandemic, France has experienced a period of complete lockdown, a ‘lockdown light’ and more general restrictions on large groups and social gatherings.

In order to avoid trouble with the authorities, Airbnb says that since As of August 2020, reservations are limited to a maximum of 16 people per property.

“About 53,000 people” have been prevented from booking a property in the Paris region, more than 7,000 in Marseille and more than 4,000 in Bordeaux, Airbnb told AFP.

Airbnb also automatically blocked users under 25 with less than three positive reviews from making a reservation, if the place they were trying to book was located near their registered address.

Despite this, business is doing well, says the rental platform.

“Thousands of stays take place every night in France, and most travelers are respectful and considerate of their neighbors,” Emmanuel Marill, director of Airbnb France and Europe, said in a statement, though the company declined to publish official figures on the number of stays.

Globally, the platform’s revenues for the second quarter of 2021 amount to $ 1.34 billion (€ 1.13 billion), four times more than during the same period in 2020 and with a 10% increase compared to 2019.

In France, however, Airbnb found itself in conflict with Paris city authorities, who accused the platform of excluding locals from the market. A series of new restrictions have been imposed on Airbnb hosts in the city.

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