While traders cringe after the advance to 6 p.m. of the curfew, Alain Griset, the Minister of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), estimated, Sunday, January 17, on Radio J, that this measure would not have probably no impact “significant” on their turnover. “It’s not the same everywhere. In Lille, traders stop at 7 pm. It would surprise me very much if 20% of your turnover is made between 6 pm and 7 pm”, argued Alain Griset.
In addition, according to the minister, many traders who usually close during “noon hour” could regain an hour of activity by remaining open. “Some even started to open an hour earlier” in the morning to compensate for this closure imposed at 6 p.m., he added.
On the announcement of the extension of the curfew to 6 p.m. throughout the country, the director general of the Federation of Commerce and Distribution Companies (FCD), Jacques Creyssel, noted that “food shopping after 5 pm represents approximately 30% of turnover”.