Tuesday 17 October 2017

France relaxes trading laws with Sunday shopping in store

Shops in tourist areas of Paris and other cities will be allowed to open every Sunday and until midnight on weekdays. Photo: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Shops in tourist areas of Paris and other cities will be allowed to open every Sunday and until midnight on weekdays. Photo: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images

John Lichfield

The peace which falls on French city centres and malls on Sundays will soon be no more.

As part of a "job-generating" law likely to be agreed today, shops in tourist areas of Paris and other cities will be allowed to open every Sunday and until midnight on weekdays.

The relaxation of France's century-old Sunday trading laws will also apply to some out-of-town shopping malls.

The controversial changes were negotiated during an exceptional sitting of the lower house of parliament on Saturday. The move is part of a much broader attack by Emmanuel Macron, the reformist Socialist economy minister, on regulatory red tape in France which, he argues, creates unemployment. (Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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