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Amazon in Metz: an investment of some 250 million euros

2021-05-06T14:24:04.465Z

The establishment of a new warehouse for the American online sales giant Amazon in the outskirts of Metz represents an investment of around ...



The establishment of a new warehouse for the American online sales giant Amazon in the outskirts of Metz represents an investment of around

"250 million euros"

, project officials said on Wednesday.

Read also: Amazon formalizes its establishment in Metz and promises 1,000 jobs over three years

The

"building of 50,000 m2 on the ground optimized on four levels"

represents a cost

"of a little less than 200 million euros"

, indicated the promoter of the project Frédéric Larroumets during a press conference. According to Amazon's vice-president Europe, Stefano Perego, we must add

“50 million for interior fittings”

. The building will have an

"exceptional qualification at the environmental level"

, assured Ronan Bolé, president of Amazon France Logistics, stressing that the American giant was

"the first company in the world to commit to no longer emitting carbon in 2040"

. The entry into service of the Metz site is scheduled

"at the end of thebeen with a hundred employees ”

, specified its director Angeline Bilodeau.

“A thousand jobs over three years: this is the largest net job creation since the arrival of PSA, more than 40 years ago in Trémery (suburb of Metz) in compensation for the closures of steel plants”

, underlined the president of the metropolis of Metz and mayor (LR) of the city, François Grosdidier. Amazon, which anticipates

“14,500 permanent contracts in France” at the

end of 2021, has already started recruiting for Metz, this new distribution center being located south of the Frescaty plateau, a former air force base closed in 2012 and which has counted up to 2,500 soldiers. The reconversion plan for the 378-hectare site, a stone's throw from major shopping areas, ultimately provides for the creation of 5,000 jobs in the companies that will have set up there.

Tax evasion charges

Asked about other investments planned by Amazon, Ronan Bolé hardly made any progress.

"There are a lot of projections on the future of Amazon"

, he said, indicating however that Amazon will open

"a little more than five local sites from 6,000 m2 to 10,000 m2 all over France"

.

Stefano Perego has also defended himself against charges of tax evasion brought against the company.

“Amazon pays all taxes where the business operates.

Corporate tax is based on profits, not income.

Our profits have remained low given the heavy investments made in Europe, more than 78 billion euros since 2010 ”

, argued the Vice-President Europe.

Source: lefigaro

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