Small Business Revolt

A lot of small shops around Paris have this sign in their windows– bakeries, butcher shops, bookstores and stationers, hardware stores, fish shops, cobblers,coiffeurs, small grocery stores, greengrocers, chocolate shops. It says “SACRIFICED but not resigned. Sign the petition here or at www.sauvonslaproximite.com” (i.e. save local shops).

The petition comes from the UPA or Professional Artisans Union of France. It started in October and has 900,000 signatures, a lot in a country of 65 million.

It’s a complaint about taxes and regulations “suffocating” small businesses. It’s true that in Paris, one-quarter of all small local businesses have disappeared within the past ten years.

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