France/Covid-19: Small traders “neither considered nor heard”, according to Dati (LR)

The small traders are neither considered nor heard despite their efforts to adapt, denounces former minister Rachida Dati (LR), while LR Senators boss Bruno Retailleau pleads for their reopening on December 1st.

In Germany, traders can open according to the size of their establishments. These are objective criteria. In France, we debate blurred notions in order to try to break down what is essential from what is not, said Mrs Dati, mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Paris, in the JDD.

We need clear rules, stop governing by fear and stop opposing each other, like small shops with large markets, insists the leader of the Parisian opposition.

I agree with Raymond Soubie (former advisor to Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysée) when he says: +Small traders could become 100+ power yellow vests, because they are neither considered nor heard despite their efforts to adapt to the situation, says Rachida Dati, who had laid milestones for the presidential end of September in an interview with the Anglo-Saxon press.

Another possible pretending to the candidacy, Bruno Retailleau considers in Le Parisien that the government should say and assume clearly that they will be able to reopen on 1 December because no serious epidemiological study shows that the opening of small businesses is more risky than that of large areas.

We must reopen on the basis of a strengthened protocol, for example according to the number of square meters, and we must give hands to the prefect to territorialize the measures, also believes the elected representative of Vendée, pointing out that many traders and freelancers are about to crack.

He suggests that the three months of security deposit should be used for merchants to no longer pay rent for three months, and that a SOS Covid emergency number per department be created to deal with economic and social emergencies.

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Thursday the continuation of containment until at least 1 December, while mentioning a possible reopening of non-essential shops on this date if the health situation improves.

Finally, in the face of the risk of a wave of poverty, Mr Retailleau proposes a zero burden youth emergency contract that would allow young people to be paid in return for proximity and solidarity jobs. He also wanted a family shield that would extend, at least for a year, allowances to 23 years, compared to 20 years today, as well as an increase in tax deductions for donations to associations fighting precariousness.

By CCEiT (AFP)