Issued on: 24/04/2020 – 15:21Modified: 24/04/2020 – 15:21
A French court rejected US online retailer Amazon's appeal against a ruling that limits what it can deliver during the coronavirus crisis.
Amazon must restrict deliveries in France to IT products, health items, food and pet food, the Court of Appeal in Versailles said, adding that for every delivery not meeting this requirement, Amazon would face a €100,000 ($108,020) penalty.
In France, these protests spiralled into a legal battle, highlighting how companies may struggle to keep going while protecting their workers, just as firms across Europe need to figure out how to let staff safely return to offices and factories once restrictions are lifted.
The spat has also accentuated losses for some French businesses that were still managing to sell and ship through Amazon, in spite of a furore over whether some goods are really essential.
Some 10,000 third-party French vendors sell though Amazon's site and many use its logistics too. The French government, facing an 8 percent economic downturn this year, has encouraged businesses to operate when possible.
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