Ban Black Fri­day? French ac­tivists, law­mak­ers want to try

The Peterborough Examiner - - CANADA & WORLD -

PARIS — Dozens of French ac­tivists blocked an Ama­zon ware­house south of Paris in a Black Fri­day-in­spired protest, amid in­creased op­po­si­tion to the post-U.S. Thanks­giv­ing sales phe­nom­e­non that has seen a group of French law­mak­ers push to ban it al­to­gether.

Pro­test­ers from cli­mate group Amis de la terre (Friends of the Earth) spread hay and old re­frig­er­a­tors and mi­crowaves on the drive­way lead­ing to a ware­house on Thurs­day. They held signs in front of the gates read­ing “Ama­zon: For the cli­mate, for jobs, stop ex­pan­sion, stop over-pro­duc­tion!”

The ac­tivists were later dis­lodged by po­lice.

More demon­stra­tions are ex­pected as Black Fri­day looms into view. French cli­mate groups are plan­ning “Block Fri­day” demon­stra­tions Fri­day.

Their ob­jec­tions are garner­ing some sup­port within France’s Na­tional As­sem­bly. Some French law­mak­ers want to ban Black Fri­day, which has mor­phed into a global phe­nom­e­non even though it stems from a spe­cific U.S. hol­i­day: Thanks­giv­ing Thurs­day.

A French leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee passed an amend­ment Mon­day that pro­poses pro­hibit­ing Black Fri­day since it causes “re­source waste.”

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