France increases Sunday openings

France increases Sunday openings

A controversial plan to increase Sunday retail openings is going through French parliament in a wide-ranging economic bill that aims to boost growth and foreign investment.

The bill proposes to increase from five to 12 the number of Sundays retailers can trade at the local mayor’s discretion, and to allow outlets in tourist or commercial zones to open every Sunday. Depending on the case, staff will receive double pay, a negotiated bonus or extra time off.

However an amendment introduced by the Senate, or upper house, to permit openings every Sunday – which had angered independent booksell...

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