Justice has however expanded the list of products that the American giant could continue to deliver pending this assessment (IT, health, nutrition, groceries, drinks …). Amazon’s warehouses in France remain closed, however.
Amazon will not escape its obligations. The Versailles Court of Appeal confirmed, on Friday, April 24, the order of April 14 which required Amazon to carry out an assessment of the professional risks linked to the Covid-19 epidemic. The justice system, on the other hand, eased the restrictions imposed on the company, according to the press release published the same day.
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The court widened the list of products that Amazon could continue to deliver pending this assessment (IT, health, nutrition, groceries, drinks …) and limited the penalty to 100,000 euros per offense instead of a million euros. Amazon had appealed the decision of the judicial court of Nanterre of April 14, which ordered it to limit its activities to hygiene products, medical products and food pending a risk assessment conducted with representatives of the personnel, under penalty of a fine of one million euros per violation found.
In its judgment Friday, the court of appeal confirms this order but relaxes the restriction of activity and specifies it compared to the catalog of the company. Amazon will have to stick, within 48 hours, to high-tech products, IT, office and “Everything for animals”, health and body care, man, nutrition, drugstore, as well as groceries, drinks and interview, indicates the court of appeal. After this 48 hour period, each infraction will be penalized up to 100,000 euros for a maximum of one month.
The list of products, wider than in Nanterre’s decision and based on the company’s nomenclature, opens the way for the sites to be reopened. For the time being, Amazon’s distribution centers in France remain closed.
The group had not yet reacted by mid-afternoon. Amazon had preferred to close its warehouses in France after the first Nanterre injunction, deeming it impossible to precisely define the products authorized for delivery and fearing to be fined.