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Paris workers disrupt Galeries Lafayette Christmas tree-lighting ceremony

On Wednesday 16 November, protesters demanding higher wages disrupted the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

“Not happy! “Not happy!” Protesters shouted, waving union banners and tossing their horns at Alexandre Liot the store director.

Boulevard Haussmann is a favorite shopping spot for Americans and Chinese tourists visiting Paris. In the past, stars like Beth Ditto and Jessica Chastain presided over Boulevard Haussmann’s annual Christmas lighting ceremony.

Marc Correas, a shoe salesman for women, said that workers are demanding higher wages.


Correas stated it was illegal to earn EUR1,200 per monthly in 2022.

A spokesperson for Galeries Lafayette said they were sorry about the incident and that protestors did not reflect the company’s “quality in its social dialogue”.

European retailers are making preparations for customers to lower their holiday spending . The cost of doing business isn’t decreasing and profit margins have been shrinking.


European retailers are trying balance their Christmas displays this year with cash-strapped clients.

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