D-Day tourism boom brings crowds, and controversy, to Normandy

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D-Day tourism boom brings crowds, and controversy, to NormandyThe number of people visiting the World War II cemeteries, museums and battle sites along the Normandy coast of France has soared in recent years, creating a tourist windfall but generating criticism that a harrowing chapter of history is being sullied by crass commercialism. 'The first museums were created four or five years after the war, first by local collectors who gathered up what the soldiers left behind, then by local museums,' said Dominique Saussey, a D-Day specialist at the Normandy tourist board. The jump in war history tourism later got a major boost with the opening of the official Caen Memorial Museum in 1988, which now attracts around 370,000 people a year.

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