Amazon plans to extend warehouse closings in France until May 18


FILE PHOTO: The Amazon logo is visible at the company’s logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, in the north of France, on April 22, 2020 after Amazon extended the closure of its French warehouses until the 25 April included, following a dispute with unions over health protection in the midst of the coronavirus disease epidemic (COVID-19). / Photo taken on November 10, 2018 / REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) – Amazon (AMZN.O) plans to extend the closure of its six French warehouses, closed since April 16, until May 18 following court orders ordering the American e-commerce giant to restrict deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon said on Wednesday that it continues to consult with employee representatives and is also considering their request to include an independent expert in the process.

“Our distribution centers are safe. However, the potential sanction described by the Versailles Court of Appeal means that even a 0.1% handling or shipping rate of items that are not included in the judgment could result in a fine of more than one billion euros a week, “Amazon said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, this means that we have no choice but to temporarily close our distribution centers in France. We are therefore planning a further extension of the temporary closure until May 18, “he added.

Report by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Jason Neely and Alexander Smith

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