Environmental protection and anti-globalization groups were blocking an Amazon warehouse in the south of Montélimar (Drôme) and two shopping centers in Besançon and Nantes on Saturday morning to denounce the climate impact of overconsumption, according to the organizers. .
Since 8:30, explained to AFP Raphael Pradeau d'Attac, 160 activists of this anti-globalization organization, "Solidaires, ANV Cop-21, Extinction Rebellion (XR) and Youth for the climate have dumped the earth and cartons symbolizing Amazon's activities and set up a human chain "in front of the three entrances and exits of the platform of the global e-commerce giant.
"Trade unionists of the CGT Amazon and fifty yellow vests have joined us," he added.
Around 10:30, the police remained "relatively discreet and the militants ensure that ensure security," said Mr. Pradeau.
On the occasion of Black Friday, transformed at the call of the protesters in "Black Friday", Amazon had already been the target Friday of several actions near Paris and Lyon, as well as in the North, to denounce "the overconsumption, the working conditions "in the US group's warehouses and" the tax evasion practiced massively by the multinational ", according to Attac.
The boss of Amazon France Frédéric Duval defended the American company in an interview with the Parisian ensuring that "e-commerce is a chance for France".
Overconsumption? "No, it's about consumption.We allow to give purchasing power to the French.I understand, the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire welcomes," he said .
Regarding the impact of the American giant's activities on the environment, "Amazon, he says, is the only company in the world to have made the commitment to achieve the objectives of the Paris climate agreements for 2050, from 2040 ".
In Besançon, about two hundred activists of ANV Cop-21 and Extinction Rebellion (XR) blocked since 10:00, with trolleys, the three entries of a shopping center "to denounce a society of overproduction whose + Black Friday + is the symbol ", they explained in a statement.
- "environmental damage" -
Traders, very angry, jostled and insulted activists who remained calm and tried to explain their action, according to an AFP journalist. "Let us work!" Shouted a trader.
"We understand traders, it hurts our heart, they pay for their location, but we have to mobilize for everyone," told AFP Line Ruelle, ANV Cop-21 activist.
"Resist profits" and "Until liquidation of stocks", with the word "stocks" crossed out and below, in red, "resources" is written on black tarpaulins.
In Nantes, about 200 alterglobalists blocked Saturday morning access to a mall, said a correspondent of AFP. Some employees found themselves stranded outside and could not reach their workstation.
For Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State for the Economy, "every French has the power, in his way of consuming, to change the rules of the game, to consume more responsible, to consume more sustainable, and to consume (... ) French ".
"People are great, they are adults, it's up to them to control their consumption, and Black Friday or not Black Friday, there will always be promotions on products," she said Saturday on Europe 1 .
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