Amazon to temporarily close French warehouses

Amazon is temporarily closing its French distribution centers following a court ruling that limited its activities over health and safety concerns, the company announced on Twitter.

A court in Nanterre on Tuesday ordered the online retail giant to restrict its business to essential items such as food and medical supplies until a risk assessment of the companys health and safety measures has been carried out. The court found Amazon had neglected to protect its employees from the coronavirus.

“Considering the complexity inherent in our logistics activities and the fine of €1 million per infraction imposed by the court, the risk of contravening the decision was too high,” the company said.

Amazon said it is “perplexed” by the court order, especially after the company rolled out additional safety measures including masks, gloves and temperature checks before shifts. Earlier today a spokesperson said the company expects to appeal the decision.

The case was taken to court by trade union Sud Solidaires, which demanded the closure of Amazons sixRead More – Source

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