Paris reveals 12 zones for late-night shopping

Paris is to get 12 new International Tourist Zones, where shoppers can splash their cash until midnight, and on Sundays. The plan is set to come into force this autumn.

Paris reveals 12 zones for late-night shopping
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The controversial zones, which even the mayor of Paris is not in favour of, were revealed on Thursday in Le Parisien newspaper.
The twelve zones, within which shops can open on Sundays and until midnight on weekdays, are: Saint-Germain, Rennes-Saint-Sulpice, Olympiades-Italie, Saint-Emilion-Bibliotheque, Le Marais (including the Haute Marais and Ile-saint-Louis, but not including Place de la Republique) Les Halles, Saint-Honoré-Vendôme, Montmartre, Haussmann, Maillot-Ternes (with Avenue Wagram), Champs Elysées-Montaigne and Beaugrenelle, (with a part of Rue Saint Charles).
Slight changes have been to the zones, known as ZTIs in French, since they were first drawn up in August.
Similar ZTIs will be unveiled in the coming days for the tourist towns of Nice, Cannes and Deauville in Normandy.
Another law will be passed in the coming weeks which will allow shops in Paris's main train stations to open on Sundays, but not after midnight, Le Parisien reports.
While the changes may be good news for shopaholics and tourists they have not pleased everyone, not least the Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, who has vowed to challenge them in France's highest court.
Unions and workers, who are against Sunday working hours have also planned a strike on October 15th to protest against the extension of Sunday shopping.

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France’s favourite supermarket revealed

With their wide range of fresh fruit and veg and extensive cheese and charcuterie selections, French supermarkets are popular with visitors - but which chain do the French themselves prefer?

France's favourite supermarket revealed

E. Leclerc is the nation’s favourite supermarket, according to the study conducted by OpinionWay for Bonial, published on Tuesday.

Of around 5,000 people surveyed, 23 percent listed Leclerc as the place where they do the majority of their shopping. Carrefour came second, favoured by 21 percent of people, followed by Intermarché (12 percent).

German discount retailer Lidl came in fourth with 9 percent, although 45 percent of French people had done some of their shopping in Lidl over the past year.

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Grand Frais, the supermarket which many of our readers recommended in 2018, is where only 1 percent of people in France do most of their shopping.

Organic stores may be gaining in popularity in France, but the results of the survey show that they are a long way from becoming mass-market. The most popular was Bicoop, which 9 percent of people said they had visited over a twelve-month period, followed by Naturalia and Bio c’ Bon (3 percent each).

When it comes to food shopping, there are also significant regional variations. The map below shows the leading supermarket in each of France’s 13 metropolitan regions.

Graphic: Bonial.

While Leclerc and Carrefour dominate 11 of the 13 regions between them, Système U is over-represented in the Pays de la Loire, where 34 percent of people do most of their shopping in the chain, compared to only 8 percent at a national level.

Leclerc meanwhile is the preferred chain of just 13 percent of people in the Paris region, where many people use smaller city centre stores rather than the large hyper-marchés.

Respondents also ranked Leclerc first for its range of products and special offers, while Lidl came out on top when it comes to price.