activists urge France to halt Amazon

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PARIS (Reuters) – Environmental advocates delivered to 12 feet (3.6 metres) tall mock-up of a parcel from Amazon to French finance ministry on Wednesday to demand that the government rein in the e-commerce giant’s expansion in France.

The campaigners – who don’t have the official authorization of their protest movement parked a rental truck outside of the department, and unloading of the panels which they then assembled into a box, security guard watched on.

The box is adorned with Amazon’s logo and slogan: “#StopAmazon “. The campaign has also used the spray paint and stencils to write the sentence: “Amazon: the status should say stop” on the sidewalk in front of the ministry.

“We put this package in front of the ministry to challenge the government on the dangers of the expansion of e-commerce in France,” says Dufour of Alma, an activist with the French chapter of green group Friends of the Earth.

The activists behind the protest say Amazon promotes a culture of consumption which hurts the environment, and that it squeezes out small businesses.

Amazon said in a statement that he believed the e-commerce is less harmful to the environment, traditional retail and that it was committed to reaching the threshold of zero carbon for all of its activities by 2040.

He said he had created more than 30,000 direct and indirect jobs in France over the past 20 years, including in small companies that are traded on the platform Amazon.

(Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Mike Collett-White)

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