Two-thirds (68%) of French people plan to celebrate Christmas only with their closest family (spouse, children), 20 points more than in 2019, according to an Ifop poll for the medical site Odero published in
While the government has called for
"limiting the number of people at the table"
, barely 10% of French people expect to be more than ten, against 33% last year.
The average could be five adults around the table, down from 8.5 in 2019.
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12% will celebrate Christmas alone (+4 points), especially the poorest and the oldest people.
7% plan to go to Christmas mass, up from 18% in 2017.
It will be the feast of precautions: 94% of people questioned say they will wash their hands before each meal, 87% that they will air the rooms several times a day, and 80% that they will not do the washing. kisses to relatives from other homes.
Only half of French people (55%) who generally see seniors at parties will see one this year.
80% will avoid any physical contact between seniors and other guests.
24% will have separate tables.
The curfew, which will be implemented on December 15, will be
"waived by way of exception on December 24 and 31"
"that does not mean that we will be able to celebrate Christmas or the New Year as in previous years"
, had warned Prime Minister Jean Castex at the end of November, because
“these moments of festive and friendly gatherings, where we lower our guard and wear less the mask, are particularly risky”
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Barely more than one in ten French people (11%) intend to leave during the end-of-year holidays, or half as much as in 2019 (24%), with consequences to be expected on the industry tourism.
For François Kraus of Ifop,
“the historically low number of French people planning to go on vacation this year, especially in the categories of the population most exposed to the virus such as the elderly
(4%, against 18% of young people)
, shows that caution is generally required ”
Ifop carried out this study via a self-administered online questionnaire on November 25 and 26, 2020, with a sample of 1,549 people representative of the population.