Amazon’s director of business in France, Frédéric Duval, said on Friday that he hoped to be able to reopen operations in France soon, although he is still unsure when this would be the case. Amazon closed its 6 distribution centers in France on Wednesday after a French court demanded that Amazon only sell essential items such as food and hygiene products.
The court ruling agreed with one of Amazon’s employees that an increase in orders processed during the COVID-19 pandemic was life-threatening.
Amazon made the decision to close because it felt it could not navigate the decision well enough to decide what to sell and what it was not allowed to do if fined. 1 million euros ($ 1.1 million) for each day that non-essential items are sold. The centers are closed for 5 days but this could be extended.
Frédéric Duval told BFM TV that “we do not know when we can reopen because it is linked to a call that we have launched”.