France considers moratorium on new e-commerce warehouses, minister says

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PARIS – France’s new Environment Minister Barbara Pompili said on Thursday she would push to halt the development of warehouses used by online companies such as Amazon in a possible setback for the e-commerce giant.

Pompili, who was appointed to the post in a cabinet reshuffle by President Emmanuel Macron this month, said any moratorium on warehouse plans would be “for a few months” and would be aimed at fomenting a broader discussion on the retail sector.

“It is not a weapon against Amazon,” Pompili told France Inter radio.

Amazon plans to open new warehouses in France in the short and medium term.

Pompili said the state wants to protect small retail businesses and help them survive the expansion of major e-commerce competitors. She said the initiative had been discussed with other ministers but the government had yet to take concrete action.

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