top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

Sunday opening: Hollande hits back

President defends economy minister Emmanuel Macron’s plan to relax a ban on weekend store openings

PRESIDENT François Hollande has hit back at claims that relaxing a ban on Sunday store openings in France would be a “regression”.

Relaxing the laws on Sunday opening in popular tourist areas is part of economy minister Emmanuel Macron’s plan to help the country out of the economic doldrums. But it had come under fire from the Socialist Mayor of Lille and France’s former employment minister, Martine Aubry, who said the scheme would be a step backwards.

She had earlier written in a column for Le Monde that she would fight to block the measure. "(Sunday) is a precious time that must be devoted to family and friends, volunteer organisations, culture and sport," she said.

Ms Aubry is not the only influential politician opposed to Sunday opening. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has indicated she would not be keen to allow the city’s flagship department stores to open on Sundays, while former Parti de Gauche president Jean-Luc Melenchon also criticised the plan, and even called for the population to unite against it.

Mr Hollande said he wanted to see a debate on Sunday working.

Speaking following his return from a European summit, he said: “Whose rights does it affect if some people, in tourist areas, want to work on Sundays?

“It takes nothing away from anyone and I think it's a good example of what to do.”

“It would interest me to hear the opposition to Sunday opening,” he said. “I have heard nothing on regulated professions, on employee savings, on competition for transport.”

He added that he felt the “best laws” are those that "grant additional rights without removing others".

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now