Amazon, the giant of e-commerce, thinks big. Boosted by the health crisis, Amazon wants to establish 8 to 11 warehouses in France by 2021. At the foot of the Pont du Gard, a 40,000 square meter project is being studied in a setting listed as World Heritage of Humanity . An expansionism denounced by the representatives of small businesses.
“There will be a noticeable weakening of physical businesses. I represent 19 federations and 450,000 companies and one million employees. I cry for help“, denounces Francis Palombi, president of the confederation of merchants of France. A cry of alarm relayed by a bill. Thirty MPs call for two-year moratorium “on the issuance of building permits and the fitting out of a logistics warehouse”. For these elected officials, it is essential to curb the giants Amazon and Alibaba. But, for some majority deputies, banning is not the solution.