Lights out early on Champs-Elysees
A PARIS court has ruled that makeup store Sephora, one of the city's most successful retail outlets, must close no later than 9pm because of French laws that ban late-night working hours. Sephora closes other stores by 9pm but keeps the Champs-Elysees outlet open later because it's in an "exceptional tourist zone." The store draws 6m visitors a year and rings up 20pc of its sales after 9pm. Sephora, owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's largest luxury-goods maker, said it will comply with the ruling but submit an appeal. "We've been stabbed" by the unions, said a saleswoman.
The ruling could have implications for other Champs-Elysees businesses.