Staff unions stall France's Sunday trading reform

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Laws restricting Sunday trading in France were freed up in a package of liberal economic measures introduced last July by economy minister Emmanuel Macron. The so-called ‘Macron law’ allows stores in designated zones in Paris and a handful of other towns and cities to open every Sunday and to lengthen late-opening hours, on condition that agreement is found with staff. But, as Mathilde Goanec reports, fierce union resistance to the extended trading is stalling any widespread implementation of the controversial new law.

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French economy minister Emmanuel Macron last year opened up France’s laws restricting Sunday trading, making it possible for stores situated in so-called ‘international tourist zones’ to trade every Sunday of the year on condition that each retailer reaches agreements with staff representatives, and that employees who work on Sundays do so voluntarily.