By  on March 26, 2019

PARIS — When Galeries Lafayette revealed in 2014 it planned to take over the lease of the former Virgin Megastore on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, it could not have predicted that the opening of its new flagship would coincide with the most violent protests the city has seen in 50 years.

Nicolas Houzé, chief executive officer of Galeries Lafayette and BHV Marais, hopes that when the store at number 60 bows on Thursday, it will help write a new chapter in the history of the legendary thoroughfare, the scene of repeated clashes between police and gilets jaunes, or yellow vests, demonstrators since November.

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