“Several stores have decided to defy the ban.
Union activists will be all day Sunday carrying out checks in the various commercial areas of the department.
It is a day on the road which awaits the militants of the CGT 63, who publish this message on Facebook.
The union obtained, on Saturday, by the administrative court of Clermont-Ferrand, the suspension of the opening of businesses on Sunday in the Puy-de-Dôme, which had been allowed by the prefect citing the Covid-19 and the cover- fire at 6 p.m.
The latter, "which does not mention any new element in the assessment of the situation" has "again seriously and manifestly unlawful interference with the right to life and the right to rest of employees as well as to protection health of the population of Puy-de-Dôme in January 2021 ”, considered the court in its order, of which AFP obtained a copy.
Thursday, the prefecture justified its choice to allow shops to open for the next four Sundays.
"The first (objective) is to avoid a large influx of people in shops and on the public road during the sales period", with the curfew which "increases the probability of a significant concentration of people".
"The second objective is to allow traders, hard hit by the financial crisis, to limit financial losses during this period of sales", continued the prefecture, whose first similar decree had been suspended on January 9.
72 departments allow opening on Sunday
Could this decision snowball?
A number of departments have indeed allowed businesses to open at least every Sunday in January, citing, like Puy-de-Dôme, the curfew and the Covid-19.
"This extension, overnight and outside any legal framework, night and Sunday work poses growing problems for the employees concerned, already affected by the coronavirus crisis", had already alerted, Wednesday, in a press release the federation SOUTH Shops and services.
In Loire-Atlantique, the prefecture issued an order on Tuesday authorizing businesses to open on Sundays 24 and 31 January, "considering the economic consequences of the measures put in place within the framework of the state of health emergency" which had forced the stores to close shop.
A similar decree was issued in Vendée, Meuse, Morbihan, Lot-et-Garonne and even Alsace.
According to France Info, 72 departments have allowed traders to open on Sunday.
For now, the decree has only been attacked in the Puy-de-Dôme.
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"We don't even have a day of rest, we work 7 days a week," Dejan Terglav, secretary general of the FGTA-FO, lamented to AFP in the middle of the week.
These employees, like the others, need to clear their minds, to spend time with their family.
"And the trade unionist to add:" It is a somewhat disguised way of normalizing something which should remain exceptional.