“Business increased with the lockdown,” Amazon’s Frederic Duval told France Inter radio, adding that the French online retail federation FEVAD figures recorded activity rising 40%-50% and “this is more or less what we are seeing”.
“The French need to do their Christmas shopping and they need to make savings. This period at the end of November is very important for that and it is very important to offer that opportunity,” he said.
“What I hope is that small shopkeepers that were prevented from opening during the lockdown can reopen as soon as possible and if they can do that on Nov. 27, it’s perfect,”
Recent data have shown signs France was starting to curb the spread of the virus with its lockdown.
Shopowners have called on the government to be allowed to reopen for the Nov. 27-29 “Black Friday” discount weekend.
A discount shopping day that takes place worldwide, Black Friday usually coincides with the Friday of the U.S. Thanksgiving Weekend.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Louise Heavens and Edmund Blair)