French Ministry of Justice Rejects Amazon’s Call to Restrict Its Activity on Essential Products

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File photo - RC164AF503E0

Amazon has filed an appeal against an order to cut down the goods it can deliver, which resulted in the closure of its warehouses in France and left many small firms struggling to ship products.

The Versailles Court of Appeal on Friday rejected Amazon’s appeal concerning the restriction of its activity in France to food, hygiene, and health products.

The court of appeal upheld a decision by the judicial court of Nanterre last week, calling to restrict the firm’s activity to essential products and to carry out an assessment of the professional risks on the employees of the group.

Amazon must restrict deliveries in France to “IT products, health items, food, and pet food”, the court said, adding that for “every delivery not meeting this requirement, Amazon would face a 100,000-euro ($108,020.00) fine”.

The online business giant, which had closed its warehouses pending the results of its appeal, has 48 hours to apply this decision. It was also accompanied by a fine of 100,000 euros per violation found over the course of a month.

Amazon is owned by Jeff Bezos, who according to Forbes, is the world’s richest man with a net worth of $124.7 billion. The company, which has its headquarters in the US city of Seattle, employs almost 800,000 people.



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