“Postponing Black Friday is a measure of fairness”, estimated Thursday, November 19 on franceinfo, Stanislas Guerini, general delegate of La République en Marche and deputy for Paris. Amazon pledged Thursday evening to postpone this promotional operation by one week in France as requested by the government, on condition that businesses can reopen more quickly, the boss of the French subsidiary of the online commerce giant said Thursday, on TF1. This operation, initially scheduled for November 27, will finally take place on December 4, he said. “A new exchange” is however planned “tomorrow [vendredi] at 3 p.m., with a view to finalizing an agreement “, explained Bercy. “Everyone’s goal”is that small businesses “can reopen as soon as possible. If possible, we must open on November 27”, added Stanislas Guerini.
franceinfo: Do you mind that we distinguish between essential and non-essential businesses?
Stanislas Guerini: I think we have to stop talking about non-essential and essential businesses. There are basic necessities, I think that this was very badly experienced by the traders. All shops are essential. Everyone’s goal is that they can reopen as quickly as possible. If it is possible on November 27th, we must open on November 27th. But there is one point on which we will not reverse responsibilities, it is first to restore the health situation and therefore decisions are made at the in light of the evolution of the health situation.
For you, is it a good measure to postpone the Black Friday operation?
We have had this compass from the start, it is the compass of the majority, of the government, which is to protect the French. If we can succeed, of course, that would be very good news. And Bruno Le Maire’s request is a request for common sense. Either we manage to reopen the shops and in this case, we must not rush all the 27th to clog and perhaps create a bad health situation, or the small shops are not open and in this case -There will certainly be a measure of fairness to be able to postpone this famous Black Friday. Reopening the shops on November 27, it is not decided. For an extremely simple reason that I have just given you, the decision will be taken on the basis of the evolution of health indicators.
Do you think we are going to spend this Christmas confined far from our families?
I wish just the opposite. I obviously wish Christmas could be a time for families to come together. Obviously, we know that Christmas is when we want to live with our loved ones. What is certain, in my opinion, is that we should not imagine that around Christmas, around the New Year, we can have parties at 300, as we have seen in recent days. This would obviously be totally criminal in relation to the health situation, but allowing the French to come together and meet with their families, that is an objective that can be shared.