However fast progress has turned Amazon into a logo of a dominant multinational that detractors say is importing undesirable American-style consumerism, in addition to job instability and environmental degradation, to the eurozone’s second-largest financial system.
Within the lead-up to the announcement, Mr. Le Maire and different politicians urged customers to not give Amazon their enterprise.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and environmental organizations and commerce teams, circulated a web-based petition titled “Noël Sans Amazon” (“An Amazon-free Christmas”). Addressed to Santa Claus, it commits signatories to a “#ChristmasWithoutAmazon,” which is described as a tax-dodging Grinch that destroys small companies, jobs and the surroundings.
The digital name to arms, nonetheless, shortly fell sufferer to a web-based hack that overloaded the web site with faux signatures despatched from over 200 totally different servers, together with lots of within the title of Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief govt, with the remark “Sorry, not sorry, Jeff.”
However Amazon’s affect in France — it holds round 20 % of the French e-commerce market — is such that different massive retailers held again from agreeing to postpone their Black Friday gross sales till Amazon did.
After Mr. Le Maire informed the French Senate Wednesday that it made sense to assist small retailers by suspending Black Friday, Frédéric Duval, normal supervisor of Amazon France, informed a French radio station on Thursday that Amazon was “listening to the suggestions of the federal government” and would postpone its on-line gross sales till Dec. 4, paving the way in which for a broad accord.
Nonetheless, the scramble by French politicians to assuage the ire of small companies has reopened a broader controversy over Black Friday itself, which wasn’t even an occasion in Europe till just a few years in the past. It was ushered in primarily by Amazon, which started selling main gross sales in lock step with these in america.