French publishers warn of 'severe and lasting damage' from pandemic

French publishers warn of 'severe and lasting damage' from pandemic

The French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE) said on Tuesday (19th May) that the Covid-19 pandemic has inflicted “severe and lasting damage” to French publishers, and called for the government to adopt emergency measures for the book industry beyond the €180m promised by culture minister Franck Riester.

A survey conducted by SNE between 27th April and 6th May showed that serious financial difficulties would undermine publishers’ activity at least in the short and medium-term, and that government tax and other breaks were considered insufficient.

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