LIFESTYLE: Shops on the Champs Elysees in Paris are part of the deal
TOURISTS flocking to the French capital will now be able to shop at luxury shops that line the Champs Elysees and the Place Vendome on Sundays as a key reform comes into effect.
An agreement between luxury shops and employee unions on Sunday hours has come into force, said Sylvie Zawadzki, who heads up tax and social issues at the French Fashion Federation.
The deal allows shops to take advantage of a reform pushed through by economy minister Emmanuel Macron last year allowing for shops to open on Sundays in newly created international tourist zones in Paris. Sunday openings for shops in France is severely restricted.
“It is an agreement that provides companies the possibility to open (on Sundays), but it is a decision they take based on their commercial strategy,” said Zawadzki.
The flagship shops of luxury brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton are covered by the deal.
Zawadzki declined to say how many companies are affect- ed, but according to the business daily Les Echos some 30 brands and nearly 100 shops could now open.