with contributions from Mimosa Spencer
 on March 26, 2019

PARIS — Galeries Lafayette on Tuesday unveiled its new flagship on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in the presence of French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who both highlighted the hurdles the retailer had to overcome in its quest to reinvent the department store model.

Le Maire recalled the violent protests by gilets jaunes, or yellow vests, protesters on March 16, during which 80 businesses were vandalized or torched, including a newspaper kiosk near the Galeries Lafayette flagship.

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