PARIS — Marionnaud’s flagship on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées here can continue to remain open daily until midnight, Paris’ High Court ruled on Feb. 12.
Workers’ unions had called for the perfumery’s closing at 9 p.m.
Since its debut in 2001, the Marionnaud flagship has been operational from 10 a.m. to midnight.
That has remained possible due to a company agreement, dating back to 2001, allowing for people to work late hours — from 9 p.m. to midnight — on a voluntary basis. The accord includes increased pay, compensatory rest and the possibility of employees returning home after 9 p.m. in a taxi paid for by the company. (Daily restocking of shelves is done by another team in the mornings, prior to the store’s opening.)
Meanwhile, Sephora’s flagship, just a few doors down on the Champs-Élysées, closes at 9 p.m. The Paris Retail Trade Union Liaison Committee had brought the perfumery chain to court years ago to stop it from closing at midnight. The case has been heard a few times, most recently last year, after which the French Constitutional Council, in April 2014, upheld a court’s ruling from September 2013.
Store hours have long been an incendiary topic in France — not only in regard to late closing times. A package of economic measures, called the Loi Macron, which is best known for relaxing restrictions on stores’ Sunday openings, will make its way to France’s upper house of parliament, the Senate, in March. It was forced through the country’s National Assembly on Thursday without a ballot.