News Agencies – August 9, 2010
According to recent news reports, more and more Muslims in France prefer to celebrate Ramadan in France, rather than in North Africa, moving their vacation dates so they would return to France by the fasting month, August 10th.
Meziane Idjerouidene, CEO of the Aigle Azur airlines, says that this summer the waves of people going back started in early June, while normally it’s 23-25 of June and the peak of returns was between August 8 and 10, the beginning of the 9th month of the Muslim calendar. Last year Ramadan (August 22) also caused a shift in the dates of return, but it was less pronounced. The company transports 1.7 million travelers a year, 50% of them to the Maghreb. The Société nationale maritime Corse Méditerranée (SNCM) shipping company, which serves Tunisia and Algeria, say the same. They recorded many returns on 7-8 of August, while usually there are none at all. It appears many people return due to climatic and social control factors.