Lockdown in France: bookstores ask for exemption from closure, declaring that “reading is essential”


Par: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

October 30, 2020 1:08:01 p.m.

Shakespeare and Company, one of Paris’ iconic bookstores, had already called for help (Source: Wikimedia Commons)With the announcement of a second lockdown in France, authors and bookstores asked the government to allow bookstores to open. They reasoned, according to a report in The Guardian says reading is “essential”.

“Leave our bookstores open so that social confinement does not also become cultural isolation. Our readers, who love independent bookstores, would not understand it and would experience it as an injustice … books satisfy our need for understanding, reflection, escape, distraction, but also sharing and communication ”, we read in the joint statement cited in the report. It comes from the association of publishers, “the National Publishing Union (SNE), associated with its association of booksellers, the Syndicat de la Librairie Française (SLF), and the group of authors, the Permanent Council of Writers (CPE) »

A few days ago, one of Paris’ most iconic bookstores, Shakespeare and Company, sought help from its customers after their sales had fallen to 80% since March. “Like many independent businesses, we are struggling, trying to find a way forward during this time when we are operating at a loss,” the store said in an email to customers, adding that it would be “particularly grateful for the new one. website. orders from those of you who have the means and interest to do so, ”read an email they sent to people.

However, help quickly poured in on social media and elsewhere.

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