The Black Friday puzzle continues for the government. This Thursday morning, confirming Bruno Le Maire’s comments the day before, Elisabeth Borne, the Minister of Labor, estimated on BFMTV that a delay of this commercial operation by one week would allow small businesses to enter “the loop” . Black Friday should normally take place on November 27, but so-called non-essential businesses will not reopen yet.
According to BFMTV, after a meeting in Bercy on Thursday, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, proposed a postponement of the promotional operation to December 4.
“During a telephone exchange this morning with Bruno Le Maire, Alexandre Bompard said that in order to promote the reopening of small businesses, he agreed to suspend the Black Friday operation from November 27 to 29,” said Thursday Carrefour to AFP, confirming information from BFM TV.
“Today, a proposal is made to be able to open the stores on November 28, in return for postponing operations planned for Black Friday. Leclerc members will rally to a collective approach that would go in this direction ”, had previously indicated on Twitter the president of the E.Leclerc Strategic Committee, Michel-Edouard Leclerc. “For health reasons, the E.Leclerc centers defend the idea of reopening ALL businesses (small and large) as early as possible before the Christmas holidays” “, in order” to avoid crowds “, explains he still.
The Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire on Wednesday asked distributors to postpone this promotional operation, Bercy assuring in the wake that this request in no way prejudged the decision on the date of reopening of shops. Contrary to the dates of the sales, the government has no control over the holding of such promotional operations of private initiative, coming from the United States, and which are experiencing a growing craze every year.
In the event that traders have the right to open, Elisabeth Borne had said he feared that the maintenance of the operation would precipitate the French in the stores while the health situation remains degraded.
The Medef wants an opening on November 27
But for Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, the boss of the bosses, this request for a shift does not hold water. “Everything is imaginable, but not eight days before. There are supermarkets that have prepared their catalog. We talk a lot about Amazon but there are plenty of French traders who have prepared their promotions, ”he says on RTL.
For the boss of Medef, the solution is to allow everyone to open on November 27. “I cannot believe that within three days, between December 1 and November 27, it has an epidemic effect,” he added.
According to him, professionals “await a decision of common sense” from the authorities while adding that the companies were ready to strengthen the sanitary rules in their businesses. In particular by increasing the number of customers authorized at the same time in stores or even geolocation for customers in restaurants …
But according to Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, the most important thing for shops and restaurants is to have “a medium-term vision, over three to four months, on healthy cohabitation, a good balance, between economy and health. “
Other files can be examined at the time of the reopening of stores such as the extension of hours even if this has “limits”, as the opening on Sunday in January.