The company intends to appeal a court decision which obliges it to limit its shipments to essential products and to assess the risks for its employees.
The global e-commerce giant replies. Amazon announces that it could be forced “to suspend the activity” of its distribution centers and “restrict” his service in France, after a decision of the judicial court of Nanterre, he warns, Wednesday, April 15. The company intends to appeal this decision which obliges it to limit its shipments to essential products and to assess the risks for its employees in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Sn the possibility of operating our distribution centers in France, we would be forced to restrict a service which has become essential for the millions of people across the country who wish to have access to the products they need at home during this crisis “, defends the group in a press release.
Amazon says in particular “puzzled” on this court decision, “given the concrete evidence that has been provided on the security measures put in place to protect our employees”, recalling in particular having implemented temperature controls and distributing masks. Amazon also offers to request a partial unemployment agreement for its employees in the administration, and specifies ensuring their remuneration at 100%. According to an internal document consulted by Reuters, the company plans to stop its activity in its French warehouses at least until April 20, the time to carry out a professional risk assessment required by French justice.