French politicians join calls to boycott Amazon this Christmas

French politicians join calls to boycott Amazon this Christmas
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A petition for a 'Noël sans Amazon' has attracted thousands of signatures, as well as the backing of high profile French political figures.

With shops reeling from the impact of a second lockdown, people in France are being urged to avoid Amazon and shop local this Christmas.

The petition, backed by green groups and trade unions, asks people to pledge “For the holidays, we promise not to buy any gifts on this platform” and enjoy a Noël sans Amazon (Amazon-free Christmas).

It has been backed by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, the Green party mayors of Grenoble and Poitiers and French MPs Matthieu Orphelin (independent) and François Ruffin of the hard left La France Insoumise.

Hidalgo called on her fellow Parisians: “Don't buy on Amazon.

“I really say it to the people of Paris: don't buy on Amazon. Amazon is the death of our bookshops and our neighbourhood life.”

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Although non-essential shops are closed during the lockdown, they are permitted to allow 'click and collect' services – the government is offering financial support for small traders to develop this side of their business and many towns have created their own directories of shops that offer online ordering.

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The current lockdown continues until December 1st and Prime Minister Jean Castex has said he hopes that shops will be allowed to reopen on that date, although bars, gyms and restaurants will likely stay shut.

However traders are calling for the reopening to be moved forward to November 27th to allow them to compete with the online deals of 'Black Friday'.

The international Black Friday event has proved controversial in France even before the pandemic, with last year's online sales day sparking protests from environmental groups and trade unionists.

Amazon also got into trouble during France's lockdown in the spring when its warehouses were ordered by a French court to improve safety measures for employees. The online giant was ordered by the court to only sell essential items until it put in place extra anti-Covid measures for staff, but reacted by closing its warehouses completely and suspending sales in France.

A request for government help in paying the salaries of its employees was turned down. 

You can sign the petition here.


Member comments

  1. @Tarquin I agree that Amazon do a good job. But they don’t treat their employees well and they don’t pay their bl**dy taxes.

  2. All of those local businesses have something Amazon can’t have – local presence. How about they drag themselves online and embrace click’n’collect?

  3. Quality Daily Express hyperbole 10/10.

    East Germany ‘disappeared’ whole families, assassinated dissident voices, muzzled and controlled the press, and most importantly for some, didn’t have Amazon.

    Amazon do sell history books, I know what some people should have on their Christmas lists….

  4. Unbelievable. France has become worse then East Germany ever was. If Amazon wasn’t doing a good job supplying the consumer it would have been out of business years ago. These people conveniently forget that Amazon lost money for many years before it picked up and so did it’s investors. Perhaps all these people complaining about it should get of their backsides and start their online sales businesses up but whinging is easier and cheaper.

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