The Minister of the Economy “Bruno Le Maire and I are rather in favor of it”, said Alain Griset, Minister Delegate for SMEs, Friday December 4 on Franceinfo, asked about a possible opening of shops on Sundays in January, in order to allow them to rebuild part of their turnover after being closed for the second containment put in place against the Covid-19 epidemic.
“But naturally, it is a file which is followed by Elisabeth Borne [ministre du Travail] and we will work in coordination with her “, he added. On the CNews set on Friday morning, the Minister of Labor estimated that it would be “a good thing” if it was done in the “consultation”, especially with union representatives.
In the meantime, Alain Griset has confirmed that the start of the winter sales has been postponed to January 20, 2021. The winter sales, which usually start in France in the first half of January, were initially scheduled for January 6. “There was a consultation with all representatives of trade, mass distribution, independents, but also consumer associations. The proposals went from January 6 to January 27. Ultimately, with Bruno Le Maire , we decided to choose January 20, which seems to us to be the most appropriate date “, explained the Minister for SMEs.
“The idea is that there can be a coherent chain between Black Friday”, which takes place on Friday after also being pushed back, “purchases for the end of year celebrations, and then the possibility for traders to be able to liquidate their stocks”, said Alain Griset.