Despite the current lockdown showing some positive results, French Industry Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher says a blanket re-opening of stores in time for the holiday rush is not a foregone conclusion.
As the holiday season approaches, French businesses deemed non-essential, such as booksellers, toy stores, and clothing retailers, are asking for permission to open their doors to customers despite lockdown rules.
The businesses argue they have significant precautions in place to limit infection-spreading risks and ask that they be allowed to open as early as 27th November. This date is significant to retailers as it is ‘Black Friday’, which has become the unofficial start of the Christmas buying season and one of the biggest money-making days of the year.
An open letter was signed last Monday by 120 lawmakers, business owners, union leaders and NGOs, calling for a tax to be imposed on Amazon and other online retailers they deemed to be “profiteers”, exploiting the health crisis for monetary gain.
Asked about Black Friday openings, Pannier-Runacher told France Info radio, “We’re still holding talks on this, so I’m not going to make any indications or false promises. Letting some businesses reopen on 1stDecember would be ideal, but we’re not there yet, and we’ll do everything necessary to slow the virus spread.”
France is struggling with the pandemic and has one of Europe’s highest caseloads at the moment. According to statistic site worldometers.com, the country has seen over two million total cases, more than 47,000 deaths and daily numbers that fluctuate wildly between almost 89,000 new cases on 3rd November and a low so far of 11,343 on 16th November. There are roughly 4,880 Covid patients in intensive care wards right now, fast reaching the 5,000 total bed available nationwide.
Photo: The relatively new Gare de Sud shopping and eatery in Nice
[caption id="attachment_13975" align="aligncenter" width="709"] AMBI Founders: Arnoldo Wald Filho, President of AMBI in Brazil and Honorary Consul of Monaco in Brazil, Marcos Pileggi, President of AMBI in Monaco, Luciana de Montigny, Secretary General of AMBI and President of Brasil Monaco Project and André de Montigny, President of Honor of AMBI and Honorary Consul of Brazil in Monaco.[/caption]
The Association Monaco Brazil Invest (AMBI) is holding their second year anniversary event on March 23 at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel. AMBI, a bilateral association of commercial economic and financial cooperation between Monaco and Brazil launched in 2015, has invited two distinguished speakers on Thursday.
“Each year we chose a unique subject,” Marcos Pileggi, President of the non-profit AMBI, told Monaco Life, “and this time we are presenting Monaco and data protection of the cloud.”
Two speakers will address guests at the invitation only event. Dr Renato Opice Blum, Digital Law Professor at Insper, will talk about “Cloud and its business in Monaco: Trends and Opportunities within a Data Protection Framework”. This will be followed by “Monaco Law and Regulatory Panorama in Regards with Data/IT Protection in Business”, delivered by Richard Mullot, Vice-President of the Monaco Bar, and former President of the Bar.
“Monaco is the safest country in the world for people, why not for data?” Mr Pileggi suggested.
Each country, and indeed each state within the US, has different legislation regarding data protection. Just last month, Javelin Strategy & Research stated an estimated 15.4 million American consumers - or nearly 1 in every 16 - were victims of ID theft last year up. This figure is up from 13.1 million in 2015.
The Javelin report opened with “2016 will be remembered as a banner year for fraudsters, as numerous measures of identity fraud reached new heights”, confirming fraud losses totalled $16 billion.
AMBI, which officially launched at the Monaco Yacht Club in March 2016, promotes and develops multilateral links between Monaco and Brazil, focusing on Monaco as a hub of international business and investment exchange. The conference this week is in collaboration with the Monaco Economic Board and sponsored by Powers Properties. The official partners are Monaco Asset Management and CMB Bank.
Working closely with the Brazilian Consulate in Monaco and the Monaco Consulate in Brazil, AMBI looks to build networks and create opportunities for members with introductions to prestigious personalities, and provide “Complementary Activities” with other organisations, such as Brasil Monaco Project and the Monaco Economic Board. Memberships are divided into four categories: Patron, Corporate, Individual and Institutional.
The new AMBI website will be launched later this week, in conjunction with the second anniversary conference on Thursday.
[caption id="attachment_13976" align="aligncenter" width="709"] Marcos Pileggi, President of AMBI in Monaco, with Michel Dotta, President of Monaco Economic Board[/caption]
Marcos Pileggi, President of AMBI, Luciana de Montigny, Secretary General of AMBI and President of Brasil Monaco Project,
Jacques Boisson, State Secretary,André de Montigny, AMBI President of Honour and Honorary Consul of Brazil in Monaco, Henri Fissore,Ambassador at Large
[caption id="attachment_13978" align="aligncenter" width="709"] Marcos Pileggi, President of AMBI in Monaco,Olivier Wenden, Executive Director FPA2, Marie-Catherine Caruso-Ravera, Director of Diplomatic and Consular Relations, André de Montigny, President of Honor of AMBI and Honorary Consul of Brazil in Monaco, Luciana de Montigny, Secretary General of AMBI and President of Brasil Monaco Project, Arnoldo Wald Filho, President of AMBI in Brazil and Honorary Consul of Monaco in Brazil, Tânia Loeb Wald, Michel Bouquier, Senior Advisor, Finance and Economy Department of Monaco, Monaco Private Label[/caption]