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Entertainment Paris: The first fines inflicted on air -conditioned shops keeping open door

22:23  12 august  2022
22:23  12 august  2022 Source:   europe1.fr

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The city of Paris began to inflict fines on shops that do not respect the new obligation to maintain closed doors and bay windows when the air conditioning refreshes their stores, we learned on Friday from the town hall, confirming information from Parisian . Since Monday, July 25, a decree taken by the town hall has been providing a punished 150 euros fine for commercial or service establishments leaving their door open when heating or air conditioning operate inside . It is a "measure to combat energy waste", according to the administrative decision.

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The verbalizations began Wednesday in the very shopping and touristy on rue de Rivoli, in the center, and continued on Friday along boulevard Haussmann, that of department stores, but "the whole device is on all Parisian districts ", specifies the town hall. "The two previous weeks, we aware of the merchants about the future verbalization". The town hall did not indicate how many establishments had already been verbalized.

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Two patrols of the Parisian municipal police devoted themselves to it daily. Not far away, near Saint-Lazare station, the police sometimes faced the misunderstanding of traders. "I was not aware," recriminated a verbalized jeweler. "The town hall should have sent us a letter to warn us." "Financially, it's complicated," says the manager.

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A verbalization "on a case -by -case basis"

The verbalization takes place "on a case -by -case basis", explained the city of Paris to AFP. "If a merchant shows us that he is changing the door or that he starts steps to have a closed door, we do not verbalize," she explains. "On the other hand for the other brands already made aware or that have not provided any efforts, we systematically verbalize". Proof of this is this major clothing brand, controlled Friday near Boulevard Haussmann, which remains at the warning stadium for this time. "The door does not close because of the heat that inflates the tiles," explains a manager.

"We can apply a tolerance policy when there is goodwill", confirms Jean-Jacques who led the checks on Thursday. Another clothing store will have less luck: its officials had already been warned. "We are in the process of quoting to install door slowders," said a saleswoman facing the heavy double glass door of the shop which cannot remain closed in the current state of things.

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"put an end to an aberrant practice"

but by 34 degrees Thursday afternoon in Paris, the police sanction these wide openings open and who let pass an unusual freshness in the overheated streets. "This measure aims to put an end to an aberrant practice in the current context of climate emergency and energy crisis," said the town hall at the end of July. The decree does not apply "to restaurants or drinking flows with a regularly authorized outdoor terrace".

Paris is not the first city to want to ban air -conditioned businesses from keeping their door open. On July 15, the PS town hall of Bourg-en-Bresse had issued a decree of the same type, presented as a first in France. Lyon, then Besançon had imitated him in stride. On July 24, the Minister of Ecological Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher had announced her intention to generalize this obligation for air-conditioned shops to close their doors, but the decrees have not yet been published.

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