French luxury shops face curfew
Clea Caulcutt · 29 Mar 2012, 10:40
Published: 29 Mar 2012 11:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Mar 2012 10:40 GMT+02:00
The City of Lights won’t quite look the same. In July, shops and offices will have to switch off their lights at 1am to save electricity, French daily Le Parisien reports.
The government hopes to save 170 million euros per year by introducing a new set of eco-friendly measures to cut energy consumption. Shops in city centers in France will be required to switch off their lights from 1am to 6am.
But in Paris, luxury shop owners however are less than happy and say they need to keep their lights on.
"Switching our lights off at 1am reduces the visibility of our brands and creates security problems," complains Jean-Claude Cathalan, a representative of shop owners on the swanky Avenue Montaigne in Paris, Le Parisien reports.
Shop owners and the French Ministry of Sustainable Development are reportedly in talks to find solutions, such as fluctuating lights or lights that detect people passing by.