Carrefour CEO Alexandre Bompard said he agreed to suspend the Black Friday operation from November 27 to 29 “in order to promote the reopening of small shops,” he told the Minister of the Economy , Bruno Le Maire, this Thursday during a telephone exchange.
“Today, a proposal is made to be able to open the stores on November 28, in return for postponing operations planned for Black Friday. Leclerc members will rally to a collective approach that would go in this direction ”, previously indicated on Twitter the president of the E.Leclerc Strategic Committee, Michel-Edouard Leclerc.
“For health reasons, the E.Leclerc centers defend the idea of reopening ALL businesses (small and large) as early as possible before the Christmas holidays”, in order “to avoid crowds”, explains- he still does.
The Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire on Wednesday asked distributors to postpone this promotional operation, Bercy assuring in the wake that this request in no way prejudged the decision on the date of reopening of shops.
The government has no control
Contrary to the dates of the sales, the government has no control over the holding of such promotional operations of private initiative, coming from the United States, and which are experiencing a growing craze every year.
“Everything is imaginable, but not eight days before”, had reacted Thursday morning the president of Medef Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, on RTL. “There are supermarkets that have prepared their catalog. (…) We talk a lot about Amazon (…) but there are plenty of French merchants who have prepared their promotions ”.