Olympic Games 2024: French fraud authorities to tighten hotel controls

The French Minister for Tourism, Olivia Grégoire, has announced her intention to tighten controls in the run-up to the Paris Olympic Games. Nearly 10,000 hotel establishments are expected to be inspected in France between now and the start of the Games in July.


Speaking to Sud Radio on December 6, the French Minister for Tourism, Olivia Grégoire, announced her intention to tighten controls on hotels in France in the run-up to the Olympic Games. 10,000 establishments – including the 1,600 in Paris – are to be inspected by the Direction Générale de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF) between now and summer 2024.


The aim of this measure is not so much to control prices as to penalize misleading commercial practices.


Tighter controls on the hotel and catering industry


The government wants to step up controls on professionals in the hotel and catering industry, to better protect customers against misleading commercial practices. These controls follow a very strict procedure.


Each establishment is first screened by the Polygraphe software, which identifies fake reviews on Google and Trip Advisor. This revealing tool examines various criteria, such as the similarity of reviews, their temporality, and the proportion of users who prefer to remain anonymous.


The website and, in particular, elements that can be verified on site are scrutinized, such as the expected view, proof of homemade dishes or certification attesting to virtuous practices for the environment.


Finally, the DGCCRF will inspect the general terms and conditions of sale and track down the slightest abusive clause in the rental contract.

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Victor Gosselin
Victor Gosselin is a journalist specializing in luxury, HR, tech, retail, and editorial consulting. A graduate of EIML Paris, he has been working in the luxury industry for 9 years. Fond of fashion, Asia, history, and long format, this ex-Welcome To The Jungle and Time To Disrupt likes to analyze the news from a sociological and cultural angle.

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