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15 Apr 2020

Benjamin Berteau, Ya Chun Wang, CNN (US)

France: Court orders Amazon to stop non essential deliveries or face financial penalties

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"French court orders Amazon to deliver only essential goods in France", 14 April 2020

A French court has ordered Amazon to reduce its local delivery operations to cover only essential goods, warning on Tuesday that if the court's ruling is not met within 24 hours, the company could face a penalty of 1 million euros ($1.1 million) for each day of delay.

In its ruling, Nanterre Court of Justice ordered Amazon to further regulate its activities within France to receiving, preparing and delivering only essential goods, such as food, hygiene and medical products...

The court has also required that the company carry out an assessment of the "occupational risks inherent in the Covid-19 epidemic" in all of its warehouses, according to a ruling seen by CNN...

...The ruling follows the filing of a complaint by the French workers' union -- Syndicale Solidaires -- which has accused the online delivery giant of endangering the lives of workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement to CNN, the union said Amazon had violated the withdrawal rights of employees, alleging that the company threatened to suspend employee salaries...

...Amazon employs workers around the world. ... the multinational company said that it had increased pay for hourly employees ... in the U.S., ... Canada, and ... in many EU countries...

...In the US, Amazon faces pressure from lawmakers and workers to take more safety precautions and potentially close facilities hit by the virus.