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Amazon canceled Black Friday ad in France due to pandemic

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The online retailer had to close some of its warehouses in France during the first lockdown in the country this spring due to clashes with trade unions over sanitation conditions there.

Amazon canceled Black Friday ad in France due to pandemic

Amazon canceled discount ads ahead of Black Friday in France following government accusations that the ad campaign was unfair to small stores when they were closed due to the coronavirus.

On Friday, France enacted its second national quarantine to try to contain the spread of the infection.

An Amazon spokeswoman said the group has agreed to end its radio ad campaign due to the Black Friday sales.

However, on Saturday, his French website launched a discount page titled "Black Friday ahead of time."

France's junior economy minister, Agnes Panier-Runscher, said she asked Amazon to suspend the campaign. This was "completely inappropriate at a time when 200,000 businesses will be forced to close their doors," she told Europe 1 radio on Saturday.

Worldwide Discount Shopping Day, Black Friday usually coincides with Thanksgiving Friday in the United States.

French restaurants, cafes and shops that do not sell essential goods will have to close for at least the next two weeks.

Earlier today it became known that from Tuesday, November 3, catering establishments and hotels will be closed in Austria. In addition, the country will impose a curfew from 20:00 to 6:00 due to a new outbreak of the pandemic, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced.

As we already wrote, from Germany introduces partial lockdown due to a sharp increase in the number of cases of coronavirus.

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