“I would have preferred that Black Friday was canceled”, reacts on franceinfo Francis Palombi, the president of the Confederation of traders of France, while the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, asks for a postponement of this operation of massive price reductions. “We are at a stage of economic and moral exhaustion”, he continues, explaining that traders want “a reopening of stores, no later than November 27”.
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While the government had previously mentioned a possible reopening, depending on the health situation, from December 1, the president of the Confederation of French traders explains that the last weekend of November is “essential” for traders, one month away from Christmas. Francis Palombi specifies that “proposals from traders are consistent” since they are ready to “strengthen health measures”.
If by chance we do not reopen on September 27, we are heading towards cascading bankruptcies.Francis Palombi, President of the Confederation of French TradersAdvertisement
“Traders are the big victims of Covid-19 in terms of store closures”, he explains, while greeting “the consequent aid” of the government. “We also call on the government to launch a major, state-supported advertising campaign to tell consumers, ‘Come to the stores'”, he continues, also claiming “a moratorium to stop all the establishments of the big pure players [vente uniquement en ligne] in France.”