September 23, 2022 11:35 AM
Amazon and the French state don’t have the best relationship at the moment.
France has announced plans to pause the development of warehouses used by ecommerce companies. This would mean a setback for online retail giants such as Amazon. The plan was announced by the newly-appointed Minister of Environment, Barbara Pompili.
Last week she announced the plans, explaining how the moratorium would be for a few months. With the announced actions, she wants to stimulate a broader discussion about ecommerce in France.
Pompili emphasized that pausing the development of warehouses is not a weapon against Amazon. The US ecommerce company has planned to open new warehouses in France in the short and medium term, Reuters says.
The new minister explained that the state of France wants to protect small retail businesses, by helping them survive the expansion of major ecommerce companies such as Amazon.
Amazon and the French state don’t have the best relationship at the moment. During the coronavirus crisis, there was a dispute with unions over safety measures. Ultimately, this led to the closing of six Amazon warehouses for several weeks.