But rapid growth has turned Amazon into a dominant multinational symbol that critics say is importing unwanted American-style consumption, as well as Job instability And the Environmental degradation, To the second largest economy in the Eurozone.
In the run-up to the announcement, Mr. Le Maire and other politicians urged shoppers not to give Amazon their business.
The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, environmental organizations and business groups, distributed Online petition Titled “Noel Bla Amazon” (“Free Amazon Birthday”). Addressed to Santa Claus, signatories are obligated to “#ChristmasWithoutAmazon”, which touted as the Grinch tax evasion that devastates small businesses, jobs and the environment.
However, the hypothetical call to arms soon fell victim to an online hack that overloaded the site with fake signatures sent from over 200 different servers, including hundreds in the name of Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, with the caption “Sorry, I’m not sorry Jeff.” . “
But the effect of Amazon in France – where it owns about 20 percent of the French e-commerce market – is that other major retailers have refrained from agreeing to postpone Black Friday sales until Amazon does.
After Mr Le Maire told the French Senate on Wednesday that it makes sense to help small retailers delay Black Friday, Frederic Duval, General Manager of Amazon France, told a French radio station on Thursday Amazon has been “listening to the government’s recommendations” and will postpone its online sales until December 4, paving the way for a broad agreement.
However, the scramble of French politicians to calm the anger of small businesses has reopened a wider debate about Black Friday itself, which wasn’t even an event in Europe a few years ago. It was mainly launched by Amazon, which began promoting major sales in a steady move with those in the United States.