PARIS - The French senate narrowly passed a law that will allow more stores to open for business on Sundays, relaxing a ban that has been in place since 1906.
The law, which was passed 165 to 159, is far from being applied, however. The opposition Socialist party has asked the Constitutional Council to examine whether the law, which has been backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, is constitutionally sound.
If introduced, the law would allow all stores in certain designated areas - for example, in large cities like Paris, Lille and Marseille - to open on Sundays, marking a major cultural shift in a country where Sundays traditionally have been dedicated to rest and family activities.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"