Amazon closes French warehouses

Amazon closes French warehouses after court ruling on coronavirus

The US giant is closing its warehouse doors in France today.

All 6 Amazon warehouses were closed following a ruling by a French court ruling that the company was not doing enough to protect its coronavirus employees in the country.

On Tuesday, a court in Nanter, Paris, issued an emergency order requiring the company to suspend the sale of non-essential goods for a month while developing new safety measures.

“Sales of food, medicine and hygiene supplies are still allowed under the ruling. However, Amazon France said that given the “inherent complexity” of its activities, and the potential €1m (£870,000) fine for each violation of the ruling, the risk was too high.” – theguardian.com

Amazon employees have been informed to stay home and not go to work. “In the long run, we will evaluate the impact of this (judicial) decision on them and on our French logistics network,” Amazon added.

Amazon plans to appeal the judgment.

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