France rejects Amazon’s request for unemployment plans at six sites

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PARIS, May 4 (Reuters) – The French government has rejected Amazon’s request to put in place a public short-work unemployment plan for workers at its six warehouses across the country, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Labor said on Monday.

The e-commerce giant has closed its six French warehouses, which employ around 10,000 people on an open-ended and temporary contract, since April 16 after court decisions ordered it to limit deliveries to a list of essential goods during of the coronavirus pandemic or face fines.

Amazon did not immediately return the calls for comment. The AFP first reported the rejection of Amazon’s request to the Ministry of Labor. (Report by Gwenaelle Barzic; Writing by Mathieu Rosemain; Edition by Louise Heavens)

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