There”s little Christmas cheer this 12 months for France’s small companies as the normal festive buying season approaches.
Bars, cafes, and eating places will stay shut for at the least two extra weeks, regardless of fierce lobbying for the precise to reopen.
Since France entered its second lockdown of 2020, there’s been a 95 p.c drop in gross sales for the drinks trade.
A number of cafes and bars are managing to make take away gross sales, however that’s it.
In regular years many small companies, akin to impartial bookshops, would make a lot of their earnings within the run-up to Christmas.
However as consumers are lowered to purchasing on-line, web giants akin to Amazon are getting a fair larger market share through the lockdown.
Even earlier than the pandemic, Amazon had been accused of forcing many small companies to fold.
On Friday a few of the largest names in modern-day French literature boarded a riverboat on the Seine to protest. It was one other try at interesting to the federal government to guard the e-book commerce.
However the authorities has been defiant, solely important companies will stay open through the lockdown, which started on October 30 and ends on December 1.
The federal government has stated it hopes that folks will have the ability to journey and meet household for Christmas, nevertheless it has warned that enormous gatherings will stay banned.