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Sephora to Appeal Night-Hour Ruling

A Paris court decided Monday that the store's Champs-Élysées flagship must close at 9 p.m.

PARIS — Sephora said it would lodge an appeal following a court’s decision that its flagship here, on the Champs-Élysées, must close at 9 p.m.

“Sephora will quickly study the consequences of this decision on employment,” the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned perfumery chain said in a statement. “More than 50 people, all volunteers, have been employed to allow the store to be open for the Champs-Élysées’ touristic clientele until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. the weekend.”

The hours have been in place since 1996.

Sephora’s night shift, which involves increased employee remuneration, has drawn more candidates than the number of posts, the statement continued.

“It is moreover surprising that only the Sephora store on the Champs-Élysées is attacked by the inter-union liaison committee of trade in Paris (Clic-p), despite support of employees that Sephora has in this role,” it said. “The Champs-Élysées is an exceptional touristic zone in Paris, with worldwide repute, and the Sephora Champs-Élysées store counts more than 6 million visitors each year.”

As reported, the Sephora Paris flagship employees took out a full-page advertisement in Le Figaro newspaper’s Sept. 14-15 weekend edition saying: “We want to continue working at night.” It also included a hand-written petition signed by about 90 people and said that a 9 p.m. closing was not only “unfavorable to us employees, but also to our clients.”