Gilets jaunes protests hit French bookshops as sales fall

Gilets jaunes protests hit French bookshops as sales fall

Bookshops were just one sector of the French economy to suffer from the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests across France on five consecutive Saturdays between 17th November and 15th December. 

As the violence—or fears of violence—escalated, more shops and metro or underground stations remained closed in Paris on those days. The result was that year-on-year physical and online book sales continued to fall as the weeks went by, according to the 200 independent members of the observatory run by the French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Française, SLF).

After a 7% upturn...

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