Black Friday frenzy goes global - and not everyone's happy

A woman gets off a tram advertising the Black Friday in Prague Czech Republic Nov. 28 2019

As The Local reports, environmental activists from two groups, Youth for Climate and the Extinction Rebellion, are "festively occupying and blocking consumer temples" in 30 cities around France, including Paris. Some French officials need to boycott Black Friday, which has transformed into a worldwide marvel despite the fact that it originates from an explicitly USA occasion: Thanksgiving Thursday.

Dozens of French activists blocked the Amazon warehouse in Bretigny-sur Orge on Thursday, spreading hay and outdated fridges and microwaves on the driveway.

Some French lawmakers want to ban Black Friday, which has morphed into a global phenomenon even though it stems from a specifically US holiday: Thanksgiving Thursday.

The Extinction Rebellion campaign group posted on Twitter images of protesters being forcibly removed by police from the Lyon site.

Client rights teams in Britain and another nations say retailers use Black Friday as a slogan to lure in buyers, however it's not at all times clear how actual or huge the reductions are.

They included that they would bolster Black Friday in the event that it helped little French organizations, however said it for the most part benefits enormous online retailers. France's e-commerce union, whose members are aggressively advertising Black Friday gross sales all through November, has condemned the measure. Workers at Amazon in Germany went on strike for better pay.

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"We're changing Black Friday into Block Friday, it is a symbol of capitalism", said one of the protesters, Raphael.

Analysis by a United Kingdom shopper affiliation discovered that 61 p.c of products marketed in Black Friday offers final 12 months have been cheaper or about the identical worth each earlier than and after the occasion.

Faced with the backlash, Amazon France's managing director Frederic Duval defended the company's record on the environment.

Activists unfurled a banner on the facade of a building on the Gran Via, a major shopping artery in the Spanish capital, which read "Consumerism = Climate Crisis". The Seattle retail giant has also ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles and has committed to 100% renewable power by 2030, she said.

He also said that Amazon France would step up efforts to ensure that unsold goods were given to charity, following reports that many unsold items are destroyed by the company.

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