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France will ask for a delay in “Black Friday” due to the pandemic

The French Minister of Economy assured that in the coming days he will meet with the main supermarket and online sales groups to request a delay of “Black Friday”

The French Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, assured this Wednesday that he will ask for the delay of the operation of commercial promotions known as “black Friday”, scheduled for November 27, before the health situation caused in the country by the pandemic of COVID-19.

In an appearance before the Senate, Le Maire assured that in the coming days he will meet with the main groups of supermarkets and online sales to request a delay of “Black Friday”.

I wonder if this is a good date to celebrate ‘Black Friday’. I think not. I am going to ask them to be responsible and examine all the possibilities to delay that date, which does not make sense in the current circumstances, ”said the minister.

Le Maire recalled that, unlike the traditional sales, which are regulated by the public powers, “Black Friday” is a private commercial operation over which the Government has no ability to influence.

But he added that the battle against the coronavirus concerns everyone, including the private sector, so he asked them to show up to the situation.

We will only win the battle against the virus and the economic battle if we all hold ourselves accountable. Not only the public powers. Also the private sector and each one of us at all times ”, he insisted.

The minister acknowledged that many sectors make more than half of their billing in the remaining months of the year and assured that the government “does its utmost so that the opening of businesses is done in the best sanitary conditions and as soon as possible.”

Given the improvement in the country’s health situation and the reversal of the COVID-19 contagion curve registered in recent days, the president, Emmanuel macron, may announce next week the relaxation of some restrictive measures adopted on October 28 to fight the pandemic.

The merchants associations requested that non-essential stores be able to reopen before November 27, in order to take advantage of “Black Friday”.

The government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, assured that the decision has not yet been made, but Le Maire’s intervention suggests that the stores will remain closed after November 27.

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