French climate activists Youth For Climate are planning a "Block Friday" demonstration on Friday against the commercial event in Bordeaux and other cities. Black Friday shopping frenzy that has spread to European shores.
To many activists, Black Friday is the epitome of this shift, a purely commercial event created to boost US retailers ahead of the Christmas holidays, the symbol of capitalism run amok.
According to social media posts from Attac, a group that campaigns for more democratic globalization, there was also a sit-in outside an Amazon logistics center near Lyon, in eastern France.
French companies have embraced Black Friday, named for the sales held on the first Friday after the US Thanksgiving holiday when retailers typically heavily discount their goods to spur business.
They included that they would bolster Black Friday in the event that it helped little French organizations, however said it for the most part benefits enormous online retailers.
"Black Friday is one of the top sales days of the year and it allows us to smooth out Christmas shopping over a longer period rather than compressing all those sales in the December 10 to 24 period".
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That echoes similar warnings in other countries.
Within the Czech Republic, one electronics chain encourages buyers - in English, after all - to "Make Black Friday Nice Once more", in an advert that includes a suited man carrying the distinctive purple cap utilized by US President Donald Trump's election marketing campaign. The respected weekly Mail & Guardian newspaper decried in a scathing editorial how Black Friday is used to enrich big retailers. The style business has warned that may damage smaller retailers in a rustic that depends on them closely.
A legislative committee passed an amendment Monday that proposes prohibiting Black Friday since it causes "resource waste" and "overconsumption".
Protesters formed a human chain, lay on hay bales and dumped old fridges and microwaves outside the Amazon depot in Bretigny-sur-Orge on Thursday. France's e-commerce union, whose members are aggressively marketing Black Friday sales throughout November, has condemned the measure. On Friday, climate activists took aim at Black Friday, blocking shops and setting up heated exchanges with the people who had been hoping to find a good deal.
Valette said Amazon has announced a Climate Pledge, aiming to meet a target of being net zero carbon 10 years early in 2040.