If an image was needed to symbolize the problem of rental platforms in Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine), it would be that of the key boxes attached to the doors or poles of the old town. Behind each are apartments rented to passing tourists. In a 19th century house, one of the dwellings has been converted for this purpose. Véronique Deschamps has lived above for thirty years, and cohabitation has become painful. She no longer supports the comings and goings of luggage.

She founded a collective with around fifty inhabitants. In addition to the nuisances, they denounce the transformation of the city. In Saint-Malo, 3,000 homes are rented on internet platforms, almost one in three apartments in the historic center. The old town has lost a quarter of its population in fifteen years, and prices have skyrocketed by 20%. Local shops have disappeared. “We are witnessing a real Disneyland phenomenon, notes another member of the collective. A neighborhood is dying, tourism is killing the city.


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