Tati owners to close all French stores except one

The famous Tati brand name will soon only be displayed from one store - Barbès in Paris - as the owners plan to close 13 shops around France and repurpose dozens of others.

Tati owners to close all French stores except one
Tati in Barbès in Paris. Photo: AFP
The closures, set to take place in 2020, will see 189 jobs scrapped and the famous cut price brand name remaining on just one store across the whole of France. 
The remaining 100 or so Tati shops will be turned into Gifi stores, a budget homeware brand, by GPG which owns both brands. 
That means that the only Tati store in France will soon be the famous flagship shop in Barbès in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
Photo: AFP
The move was announced by Philippe Ginestet, the president of the GPG group, on Tuesday.
The closures will result in 189 job cuts however employees will be reposted internally, Ginestet said. 
Tati was founded in Paris just after World War II by Jules Ouaki, with the shop growing in size over time, gradually absorbing the neighbouring buildings.
It sells cut price clothes, cosmetics and homewear and is frequently the course of amazing bargains. Over time it has gradually expanded its range and now even includes Tati bridalwear.
In the late 1980s, the brand began expanding, opening more stores in Paris and eventually elsewhere in France. 

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France to roll out ID cards app

Technology is being rolled out to allow people to carry their French ID cards in an app form - and could be rolled out to other cards, including driving licences and cartes de séjour residency cards.

France to roll out ID cards app

Holders of French carte d’identité (ID cards) will soon be able to carry certified digital versions of them on their smartphone or other electronic devices, a decree published in the Journal Officiel has confirmed.

An official app is being developed for holders of the newer credit card-format ID cards that have information stored on a chip. A provisional test version of the app is expected at the end of May.

Users will be able to use the ID card app, when it becomes available, for a range of services “from checking in at the airport to renting a car”, according to Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market.

All French citizens have an ID card, which can be used for proving identity in a range of circumstances and for travel within the EU and Schengen zone – the new app will be in addition to the plastic card that holders already have.

Under the plans, after downloading the app, card holders will need merely to hold the card close to their phone to transfer the required information. According to officials, the holder then can decide what information is passed on – such as proof of age, or home address – according to the situation.

The government has not given any examples of situations in which the app would need to be used, but has set out the main principles and the ambition of the plan: to allow everyone to identify themselves and connect to certain public and private organisations, in particular those linked to the France Connect portal.

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Cards will continue to be issued for the foreseeable future – this is merely an extension of the existing system.

Only French citizens have ID cards, but if successful the app is expected to be rolled out to include other cards, such as driving licences, cartes de séjour residency cards or even visas. A digital wallet is being developed at the European level – Member States have until September to agree what it could contain.

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