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Trade federations call for a ban on Black Friday

2020-11-08T10:17:36.608Z

They are also asking to be able to reopen “non-essential” businesses from November 12.Four federations of downtown stores and shopping centers are asking the government to restrict online sales " only to basic necessities " and to ban " Black Friday ", in a column published in the Sunday Journal . They are also asking to be able to reopen “ non-essential ” businesses from November 12. The Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire for his part warns that a reopening " can only be cons



Four federations of downtown stores and shopping centers are asking the government to restrict online sales "

only to basic necessities

" and to ban "

Black Friday

", in a column published in the

Sunday Journal

.

They are also asking to be able to reopen “

non-essential

” businesses from November 12.

The Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire for his part warns that a reopening "

can only be considered with new health rules

", in an interview given to the same weekly.

He cites as examples a possible increase in the reception gauge, "

today of 4 square meters per customer

", or access to shops by appointment.

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"

The measures taken to curb the spread of the virus only increase the scandalous inequality of pre-existing treatment between physical merchants and web merchants, at the risk of the former and for the exclusive benefit of the latter,

" lament the Confederation of French traders (CDF), the French Federation of Merchant Associations (FFAC), the National Federation of “

Vitrines de France

” city centers (FNCV) and the National Council of Shopping Centers (CNCC).

In this forum bringing them together in an “

unprecedented

” way, the organizations agree that the closure of so-called “

non-essential

” businesses dangerously benefits online shopping platforms already regularly accused of unfair competition, such as Amazon and Alibaba.

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These, denounce the signatories, "

now redouble the propaganda to attract customers, our customers

" with the approach of the Black Friday sales period, at the end of November, and Christmas.

They demand “

the immediate ban of Black Friday 2020

”.

They also call for "

the end of the existing structural inequity between the community of French merchants and 100% web merchants

", in particular in terms of taxation and regional planning, with the "

establishment of a moratorium on all new warehouse projects

”.

To read also: Deputies want to postpone the promotions of "Black Friday"

Taking Amazon as a scapegoat is not the solution

Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy

"

Taking Amazon as a scapegoat is not the solution: this player only represents 20% of online commerce in France,

" said Bruno Le Maire for his part.

A government site to help small businesses in their digitalization

To encourage the digitization of small local shops, the government plans to list, as of Tuesday, existing solutions on the clique-mon-commerce.gouv.fr site.

"

Then, each business closed administratively - and which is not yet digitized - will be able to benefit from an aid of 500 euros to do so

", underlines Bruno Le Maire, adding that the State intended to help financially "

the municipalities which wish to develop a local e-commerce platform bringing together all the businesses in its city

”.

Read also: Reconfinement: initiatives to help small businesses sell online are multiplying

Source: lefigaro

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