PARIS (Reuters) – A French court on Friday rejected a request from the CGT union that a Carrefour (CARR.PA) hypermarket near Lille be forced to close aisles selling non-esssential products and it ordered the union to pay 1,000 euros compensation to the supermarket group.

The union had contended that keeping these aisles open put staff needlessly at risk of infection.

According to the ruling of the court in Lille, in northern France, seen by Reuters, a March 23 decree prohibiting French people from leaving their home during lockdown, apart for notably buying essential items, did provide a complete list of what was an essential item.

Thus, operating aisles offering products other than food, hygiene or pharma products was not illegal.

It was also not proven that keeping these aisles open increased risk for staff and customers following social distancing rules.

CGT union representative Amar Lagha told Reuters: “We will try to find other loopholes. We are convinced that in the interest of staff safety we must shut these aisles,”

Carrefour, Europe’s largest retailer, said it acknowledged the court’s decision.

The ruling comes as unions pressure companies that are still operating during the lockdown.

A French court earlier this month ordered e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN.O) to restrict its deliveries to essentials such as groceries and medical supplies while it makes thorough safety checks.

A French court will later on Friday decide whether to back Amazon’s appeal against the ruling, which has forced it to close its French warehouses until April 25.

Reporting by Caroline Palliez, Dominique Vidalon, editing by Louise Heavens

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Elliott built a stake in Twitter, is pushing for changes: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Activist hedge fund Elliott Management, which often pushes technology companies to improve operations, has built a stake in Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and is pushing for changes, including removing the chief executive officer, two people familiar with…

Balance key in outbreak fight, boost for business

Prolonged economic standstill could trigger greater risks, specialists say China’s policymakers will strike a balance between containing the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak and facilitating the resumption of regular business activities as a prolonged economic standstill could trigger greater risks, economists…

Tech empowers premium mobility service

Hello, I am Gu Tao, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Quality in Motion/StarRides. I am very pleased to share how technology has changed human mobility. First, I have strong personal attachment to science and technology. After graduating from university in 1998, I…

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMICToyota to provide 45 cars to Moscow medical workers to battle coronavirus

MOSCOW, April 7. /TASS/. Toyota car maker will provide 45 cars to medical facilities in Moscow and the region to combat coronavirus. The vehicles will be granted for three months, but if necessary, the company is ready to extend this term,…