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Entertainment Reconfinement: bookstores are closing, book shelves in supermarkets too

06:50  31 october  2020
06:50  31 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Faced with the closure of independent bookstores in France due to the new confinement, the controversy is growing. After postponed literary prices and calls to boycott Amazon, the government decided this Friday, October 30 that large retailers should temporarily close their books and culture departments.

The announcement comes as many cultural players regretted that bookstores must remain closed under the rules governing the new lockdown.

Bookstores are not on the list of so-called “essential” businesses authorized by the government to remain open during confinement. However, they can make deliveries or offer to pick up orders, at the store door, what is known as click and collect.

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How much knowledge we ' re both missing out on by books not being printed in every language. While mildly impressive and interesting if you look at other angles and look closely at the picture you can tell: the upper half of the shelves are not real, but just pictures of books , the lower half of the shelves are

The books on the shelves would merely be a storefront; customers browse the selection, but the books don’t need to be sold. You don’t need fifty copies of People like going to bookstores . People like walking out with books , too . All you have to do is match the price, or come close , and you’ re set.

La Fnac and Darty, essential shops

Earlier on Friday, the Fnac-Darty group - whose stores will remain open during confinement - also announced that it would close its culture departments for the next 15 days, "in a concern for responsibility ”. The 300 or so Fnac and 500 Darty stores, considered essential businesses, do not want to compete unfairly with bookstores. A decision that has weight coming from the leading bookseller in France.

As of this Saturday morning, all of the group's culture departments will therefore be closed for the next 15 days, pending new announcements from the French government. However, no question of closing everything, because the holiday season which begins constitutes the main part of the sales and the result of the multi-specialist brand.

Calls to reopen bookstores also come from the political ranks: from the former French president François Hollande, the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo or the former Minister of Culture Jack Lang. They consider access to culture as essential, while literary critic François Busnel has created an online petition to recall that with the closure of bookstores, the country would deprive itself "of its best battalion to face obscurantism".

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