Amazon has said it would postpone its annual ‘Black Friday’ discounts in France, under pressure from the government.
French bookshops, which have been badly hit by a
second national lockdown, feared losing key pre-Christmas sales if the promotion went ahead as planned on Friday.
France’s finance minister said online giants had been the “only winners” from this crisis, which has sharpened deep-rooted conflicts over Amazon’s role in the French economy.
The iconic English-language bookshop in Paris, Shakespeare and co, once a hub for writers such as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and Simone de Beauvoir, has launched a plea for help.