Recently I have been to Capo Vaticano, Calabria, southern Italy. It didn't take long to notice that, besides Italians, Germans were by far the majority of the people I saw. This was even reflected by restaurant menus and traffic signs: German was consistently the second language in which they were written, English was the third one.
A tourist guide told me about some advantageous holiday package for Germans in Tropea, but even if she is right (I couldn't find such thing, and I'm not sure this package would predate the traffic signs), why only Germans? Could this be just because Germany is the strongest member of the EU, economically? I would have thought of some town twinning, but I can't find anything about this on the internet, besides reasons that in principle should work for French too (prices, climate, campsites, possibility to drive there with a camping van).