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“We have created nearly 30,000 jobs in France!”

Frédéric Duval, CEO of Amazon France. (RADIO FRANCE)

Amazon will create a new site in France. The e-commerce specialist is about to open a new distribution center in Senlis, in the Oise department. He wants to create 500 permanent jobs there by 2023. “Good, stable jobs “, according to Frédéric Duval, the managing director of Amazon in France, eco guest of franceinfo.

The deputy Mounir Mahjoubi, former secretary of state for digital, accuses the American group of destroying more jobs than it creates. According to his calculations, competition from Amazon would have contributed to the loss of 20,239 jobs in France in 2018, especially in local shops. Frédéric Duval disputes these figures: “Amazon has created nearly 2,000 jobs since the year 2000, when it was established in France! “. For the leader, the deputy's calculations are only “mathematical acrobatics “. Frédéric Duval highlights “9,300 permanent contracts created in France“by the company.

Amazon is regularly criticized for the taxes it pays or does not pay. Recently, for the first time, the company released figures. She claims that in 2018, in France, she paid around 250 million euros in taxes and contributions.

But how much profit does the company make in France? Frédéric Duval refuses to answer precisely: “Our benefits are relatively few “he says. “We have multiple activities in France, and talking about a profit does not mean much “, he says. What, then, is his effective tax rate in the country? No answer in figures, either: “The tax rate that applies to Amazon's profits is the same as that that applies to other businesses. We are subject to French tax law “.

Since last year, Amazon also pays the Gafa tax, the tax created in France for large digital companies. For what amount? “This is a figure that I do not disclose. But I can tell you that we would have preferred that this tax, a unilateral measure of the government, be treated within the framework of the OECD. “

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