Macron, Google and Amazon: the documents the Élysée wanted to stay secret

France — Investigation

The Élysée cited business confidentiality when it refused to provide Mediapart with correspondence between presidential advisors and Amazon, Google and others giants of the digital world dating from 2017. However, Mediapart pursued the matter and after a lengthy process the administrative court in Paris found in our favour and we now have access to these documents. Like the recent 'Uber Files' controversy, they show just how closely aligned the thinking and approach of these technological groups is with that of Macron and his entourage. And also like the Uber case, they reveal that a business lobbyist from one of the groups – in this case  Amazon - took part in Emmanuel Macron's 2017 presidential campaign. Alexandre Léchenet reports.

'Exploited' migrant delivery staff in France accuse Amazon of ignoring their plight


Seven workers originally from Africa were employed by a private delivery firm that worked for the giant American company in northern France from October 2021 until being laid off in February 2022. During that time they worked very long hours for low and often irregular pay. The workers insist that Amazon must have known that they were being exploited. The American group denies the workers' claims. Meanwhile the employees' case against the subcontractor is soon to be heard at an industrial tribunal. Dan Israel reports.

Amazonian groups sue French supermarket chain over deforestation

International — Link

Eleven  indigenous groups, backed by NGOs in the US and France, are seeking €3.1m in damages from the Casino supermarket chain for allegedly selling beef linked to deforestation.

'Black Friday' postponed in France over plight of small retailers

France — Link

Amazon France and major hypermarket chains have agreed to postpone their yearly "Black Friday" discounted sales to December 4th in face of growing anger from small retailers who have been forced to close under public lockdown rules and who hope to be allowed to reopen next month.

Amazon sites in France stay shut in standoff over Covid-19 measures

France — Link

Amazon’s six French warehouses, which employ around 10,000 workers on permanent and interim contracts, have been shut since April 16th after court rulings said the company could only continue to operate if it limits deliveries to a list of essential goods only and carry out an assessment of the health risks to its employees in consultation with French trades unions.

Covid-19 crisis hastens dominance of digital world in French film and music sectors


One of the side effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been a shake-up in the world of culture, including in France. As cinemas have stayed closed and music festival and tours have been cancelled, online streaming has stepped in to satisfy consumer demand for new film releases and live performances. Critics fear that not only is the culture industry rapidly becoming concentrated into the hands of a few major global players, there is also a risk that the dominance of online in films and music will reduce cultural diversity for many people – especially the poorest. Mickaël Correia reports.

Amazon loses appeal against worker safety ruling in France

France — Link

Court in Paris upheld a ruling that Amazon must stop selling nonessential goods in France as it carries out a risk assessment on how best to protect employees from coronavirus in its distribution centres.

French court orders Amazon to ship only essential goods

France — Link

US online retail giant Amazon has been ordered by a French court to only deliver essential items in France during the Covid-19 virus epidemic, warning it will be fined 1 million euros per day if it fails to comply.

Amazon workers in France protest over coronavirus risks

France — Link

Several hundred workers at an Amazon warehouse and shipping centre near Orléans in north-central France staged a strike on Wednesday over their fears of exposure to the Covid-19 coronavirus, calling for the site's closure or for a dispensation for those staff who wished to stay at home.

In France ‘Black Friday’ turns into protests against Amazon

France — Link

Activists in France have staged sit-ins outside Amazon's French headquarters and logistics center to denounce the occasion imported from America.

Despite Macron's pleas over Amazon, French Guiana faces its own forest threats


For many years, French leaders have liked to pose on the international scene as potential saviours of the Amazon, as we have just witnessed at the recent G7 summit in Biarritz with the diplomatic spat between President Emmanuel Macron and Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro over forest fires. President François Mitterrand started the trend back at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. But alongside the diplomatic posturing there is also the reality of what is happening in French Guiana, an overseas region of France that lies just to the north-east of the Amazon rainforest. As Marion Briswalter reports from Cayenne in Guiana, what is happening on the ground in this French corner of South America reflects less well on Paris's stewardship of the environment.

Macron says he hopes Brazil gets a new president

France — Link

Comment came after he was asked about recent, insulting comments that Bolsanaro and a colleague made about French president and his wife.

Amazon fires to top G7 agenda as Macron opposes Mercosur deal

International — Link

The crisis of wildfires raging in the Amazon is to be the subject of emergency talks at this weekend's G7 summit in south-west France, while President Emmanuel Macron has announced he is withdrawing support for the Mercosur free-trade deal between the EU and South American nations, accusing his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro of 'lying' about his commitments on combating the climate emergency.

Amazon to make French businesses pay for new digital tax

International — Link

US e-commerce giant Amazon has said it will offset the cost of France's new tax on profits made by online sales of large tech companies by raising fees for French businesses that use its platform to find customers, warning that 'this could put smaller French firms at a competitive disadvantage to their peers in other countries'.

France to ban destruction of unsold consumer products

France — Link

More than €650m worth of new goods is destroyed or thrown away each year, says prime minister Édouard Philippe.