Special delivery: activists urge France to curb Amazon


A militant climate holds a sign “Amazon: the government must say Stop” during a demonstration near Bercy Ministry of Finance in Paris, France, June 17, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) – Environmental activists delivered a 12-foot (3.6-meter) tall mock-up of an Amazon package to the French finance ministry on Wednesday to demand that the government curb the giant’s e-commerce expansion in France.

Campaign officials – who did not have formal permission for their protest movement parked a rental truck outside the department, and unloading the panels which they then gathered into a strong, security guard looked on.

The box is decorated with Amazon logo and the slogan: “#StopAmazon”. Campaigners also used spray paint and stencils to write the phrase: “Amazon: the state must say stop” on the sidewalk outside the ministry.

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

The activists behind the protest say Amazon is promoting a consumer culture that hurts the environment, and that it explodes into small businesses.

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

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

Statement by Christian Lowe; Editing by Mike Collett-White

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