MPs want to ban Black Friday promotions

An amendment to the anti-waste bill was adopted in committee. It must be examined in the hemicycle from December 9.

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The deputies gave the green light in committee to a ban on promotional campaigns of “Black Friday”, which gives consumers the impression of benefiting from sales, when this is not the period. This amendment to the anti-waste bill, adopted on the night of Monday to Tuesday, November 26, must still be examined in the hemicycle from December 9. It will therefore not apply on Friday to “Black Friday”, a trade event imported from the United States and which often generates a shopping spree.

It is the non-registered member and former Minister of Ecology Delphine Batho who carries this measure and wants to put an end to “Black Friday”, in the name of the fight against “overconsumption”. MEPs propose to integrate “Black Friday” advertising into “aggressive commercial practices”, punishable by imprisonment for two years and a fine of up to 300,000 euros.

“Frenzy of consumption”

“Black Friday celebrates an anti-ecological and anti-social model of consumption,” said deputy Matthieu Orphelin (ex-LREM), close to Nicolas Hulot. Monday on BFM Business, the Minister of Ecological Transition Elisabeth Borne warned against the “consumption frenzy” linked to Black Friday and criticized its negative impact on the environment.

Under the slogan “Block Friday”, groups of environmental activists such as Extinction Rebellion, Youth for climate or Attac have planned actions all over France on Friday to denounce “the great sale of the planet” which they believe represents “Black Friday ”. The young climate activists of Youth for climate promise on Twitter “a big action of civil disobedience” in Paris.

Monday evening, the deputies also voted an amendment of the MoDem Jimmy Pahun, aiming to prohibit the “biodegradable mention” or “respectful of the environment” on the products and the packaging, because these criteria do not correspond according to him to “no definition reliable”.

(With AFP)