French Officials Sign Petition Calling for an Amazon-Free Christmas

French politicians, non-governmental organizations, trade unions, and media personalities, campaign a petition calling for a boycott against Amazon, citing its unfair competition against local businesses amid COVID-19 restrictions.

French politicians, non-governmental organizations, trade unions, and media personalities, have campaigned a petition calling for a boycott against Amazon, citing its unfair competition against local businesses amid COVID-19 restrictions.

The petition, backed by mayors and members of parliament (MP) in France, called for consumers to “not buy any gifts” from the American e-commerce company, accusing it as a “predatory business” for its tax exemptions and “unfair” competition against small businesses that have been threatened by the pandemic.

The petition also called for support and financial aid to local businesses, encouraging consumers to buy locally, and laws that “put an end to unfair competition and tax injustice” and that “put platform giants on par with local bookstores and businesses,” among others.

“In the period of socio-economic crisis that we are living through, we need concrete actions to support local employment, local businesses and actors of reasonable commerce,” the petition said.

MP Matthieu Orphelin, who created the petition, told AFP news agency, “It’s not just a call to avoid ordering on Amazon, it’s also a positive petition to benefit local businesses and a more sustainable online commerce.”

Included in the signatories of the petition titled “Noel Sans Amazon” (Amazon-free Christmas) is Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo who called for a boycott of Amazon earlier this month.

“I really say this to Parisians: don’t buy on Amazon. Amazon is the death of our bookstores and our neighborhood life,” Hidalgo told reporters last Nov. 2.


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