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Monday, 20 August, 2001, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Blairs fly to France
Blair family
The Blairs have already been to Mexico and Cornwall
Tony Blair and his family have flown out to the south of France on the latest leg of their holiday.

Mr Blair, his wife Cherie and their children one-year-old Leo, Kathryn, 13, Nicky, aged 15, and 17-year-old Euan, left on Monday morning for an undisclosed destination.

The family took a Ryanair flight, rather than an Easyjet service as had originally been announced, from Stansted Airport in Essex.

Their French vacation follows trips to Mexico and Cornwall.

We are hoping the prime minister and his family can have some privacy on his holiday

Downing Street spokesman
A Downing Street spokesman said there would be no organised photo-shoots during the break in France, and would not reveal how long the family would be away.

He added: "We are hoping the prime minister and his family can have some privacy on his holiday."

Last week, the Blairs stayed in Carlyon Bay in Cornwall in a visit interpreted as an attempt to boost British tourism in the wake of the foot-and-mouth outbreak.

The decision was welcomed by tourism leaders in the region.

Before that, the family spent a week in Mexico.

The Blairs are paying for all their holiday flights this year, following criticism of their previous summer breaks and accusations that the prime minister is out of touch with ordinary people.

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