Containment: “Our objective is to obtain that in 15 days the maximum number of businesses can reopen” says the Federation of Commerce and Distribution



Jacques Creyssel, director general of the Federation of Commerce and Distribution, said he hoped Thursday, October 29 on franceinfo that “as many shops as possible can reopen” in 15 days, while non-essential businesses will have to close from midnight Thursday October 29 until December 1 due to the new containment. “Our objective is to obtain that in 15 days, as suggested by the president, the maximum number of businesses can reopen”, he explained. “It is imperative that the stores can reopen, at a time of turnover for the year, when the year has been extremely difficult.” “Otherwise we will have a massacre in commerce in France”, he warns.

The government has announced to devote a total of “15 billion euros” in aid per month of confinement in order to limit the failures of companies already weakened by the first wave of the coronavirus. It’s positive ?

Jacques Creyssel. There are some positive elements in these announcements and the amounts are indeed very important. The fact remains that 200,000 businesses will close at Christmas time. It is the third extremely difficult year after the “yellow vests” and the strikes of last year. And then there are holes in the racket. We can clearly see that small traders have significant aid but as soon as you are a little taller, of medium height, the aids are not provided since they are up to 50 employees. And the amount, 10,000 euros, is important for a small business, but when you take a large toy store, you can see that it is not the order of magnitude, especially since all these stores have bought them. products for Christmas, and will have considerable stocks.

Do you hope that all businesses can reopen before Christmas?

Our objective is to obtain that in 15 days, as the president suggested, as many businesses as possible can reopen. It is imperative that the stores can reopen, at a time when the turnover of the year is being done, when the year has been extremely difficult. Maybe it will be one to two hours a day by limiting the flow, but we have to find a way to make it happen that way, otherwise we will have a massacre in commerce in France.

Many traders find it difficult to pay their rent. The Minister of the Economy announced the establishment of a tax credit for lessors who cancel part of the rents. What do you think ?

This is positive but unfortunately it is limited to companies with less than 250 employees. Many chains in clothing, for example, may not take advantage of it, even though they are in a difficult situation. The difficulty with rents is that many lessors are individuals, who derive a significant portion of their income from these rents. They cannot afford to give up that income.

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