Ban on night-time shopping divides France, enrages workers
PARIS (AFP) - French cosmetics maker Sephora said on Tuesday it would appeal a court order to close its flagship Paris store by 9pm after it became the latest casualty of a much-contested law banning late-night work.
In a case that has reignited debate over French attitudes to work, employees of the store have attacked the unions that brought the case for preventing them from opting to work longer hours for extra pay at a time of record unemployment.
Monday's ruling against Sephora follows a string of similar union-initiated moves against Apple, Japanese casual wear designer Uniqlo, supermarket chain Monoprix and the famed Paris department store Galeries Lafayette.
Under French law, companies can ask employees to work between 9pm and 6am, but such shifts have to be "exceptional" rather than the rule, and justified by a tightly defined set of criteria.