Taking advantage of the opening of the sales, the Minister of the Economy said he was ready for tax relief measures for the traders most affected by the strikes against pensions. A request formulated in particular by the Alliance du commerce and by the Medef.

Traveling to Galeries Lafayette, Bruno Le Maire promised state support to traders affected by the strikes.

“No business should close because of strike movements.”

On the occasion of the launch of the winter sales at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire announced the State’s support for traders affected by the long mobilization in transport against the pension reform, especially in Paris and Ile-de-France.

“If there were to be a business in great difficulty, beyond the classic measures we have taken to spread tax and social charges or partial unemployment […], we are ready to consider exceptional measures, ”he said.

These measures would be aimed at those whose turnover “would totally collapse, who would encounter cash flow problems and who would be on the verge of going out of business,” he insisted. “We know that there are businesses that have great difficulties, particularly in the hotel and catering industry, as well as small town-center businesses in Paris and Ile-de-France” with losses in turnover. 20 to 40% business, said the former Republican.

A request from employers

This statement comes the day after the press release issued by the Alliance du commerce, which represents 27,000 stores in the clothing and footwear sector. The professional organization then demanded “the establishment of an automatic reduction in social charges for businesses impacted since December 5 and for the duration of the movement”.

A proposal for tax relief also requested this morning by the Medef. In an interview with RFI, the number two of the organization Patrick Martin asked for outright cancellations of charges for companies that would be genuinely in difficulty, stressing that the strikes had already led to “first bankruptcy filings”.

Source AFP