By  on August 7, 2009

PARIS — More stores in France will be allowed to trade on Sunday after the country’s Constitutional Council gave the green light to a controversial bill Thursday evening.

The council deemed the bill, which was ratified by a narrow majority in the Senate last month, was constitutional, but rejected the part that gave Paris’ prefect, not the mayor, the authority to designate areas that should be allowed to trade on Sundays.

Instead of allowing all French stores to open on a Sunday, the law restricts the right to a limited number of commercial zones in three cities — Paris, Marseilles and Lille — and a number of tourist areas across the country.

The law, backed by president Nicolas Sarkozy, had been shelved last year amid strong criticism, and was revived earlier this year after being considerably watered down.

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