Open on November 27, “or kill us”, warn trade federations

Local shops forced to close during confinement are in danger of death, for the Confederation of small and medium-sized enterprises. – Bob Edme / AP / SIPA

In a letter addressed to Emmanuel Macron, this Tuesday, the association of federations of traders, Conseil du Commerce de France (CDCF) asked to reopen from November 27, considering that “to open or kill us, we ask you Mr. the President to choose! “.

“It is not one more complaint, nor an institutional approach, which today motivates this letter”, wrote the president of the CDCF William Koeberlé. “It is, no more, no less, the near, certain death of hundreds of our traders and certain sectors, directly impacted by the cessation of their activities. “

Open earlier to “dilute the flow”

“We need to open to trade. We also need visibility to organize ourselves. We are asking you to reopen it for all, from November 27, ”he added. “Allowing the French to have one more weekend to do their Christmas shopping will help dilute the flow as the end of the year holidays approach and save part of commercial activity.”

Among the members of the Conseil du Commerce de France are the National Council of Shopping Centers (CNCC), the Federation of Commerce and Distribution (FCD), shops specializing in toys and children’s products (FCJPE), shoe retailers (FDCF), clothing brands (FEH), e-commerce and distance selling (FEVAD) or even DIY and home improvement stores (FMB). “Without a reopening of shops it is the certain death of our traders”, writes William Koeberlé. “They have huge inventories to meet consumer needs this Christmas season and without sales they won’t be able to afford them. Endangered, they will have to close their shop and lay off their staff. ”

One of the most important weekends

Calls have multiplied in recent days for a reopening of so-called “non-essential” businesses from November 27, the date of “Black Friday”, sometimes “one of the most important times of the year for physical stores, like a pre-Christmas Saturday ”, explained FCD General Delegate Jacques Creyssel on Monday evening.

Prime Minister Jean Castex had given the prospect of reopening certain businesses from December 1 “if health data allow” and subject to a “reinforced protocol”, and Matignon recalled Monday evening that “the indicators epidemics remain our compass ”. “It is not because there is a commercial operation that we will change our philosophy. “

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