Despite the virus, a politician in Paris wants to reopen some stores on the occasion of “ Black Friday ”

A woman wears a face mask as she walks in front of a closed shop in Paris earlier this month. (AP photo)

The politician in charge of the Greater Paris region said Monday that the French government should allow some stores to reopen in time for the November 27 “Black Friday” shopping day.

“They should be able to open from November 27 onwards, which is ‘Black Friday,’” Valerie Bicris told BFM, noting that smaller stores in Paris would otherwise suffer from competition from online retail giants.

France is in the middle of a second national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the Covid-19 virus, after an earlier lockdown that lasted from March to May.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government has set a December 1 deadline for this lockdown, although the government has said it may extend it afterward if it feels the numbers of infected people are not dropping fast enough.

The government is under pressure from stores and businesses to ease restrictions in time for the Christmas shopping period.

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