Jobs, commerce, taxes… are the criticisms against Amazon justified?


ANALYSIS – The health crisis has reinforced the feeling of mistrust of some French people towards Amazon. They wonder about the social and economic effect of the leader in e-commerce.

Last year, 53% of French people bought on Amazon.
Last year, 53% of French people bought on Amazon. STEPHANE MAHE / REUTERS

Is Amazon Guilty of All Evils? In France, the American e-commerce giant has become the symbol of the hyper-power of GAFAM. The health crisis has reinforced the feeling of mistrust of some French people towards the electronic platform. They wonder about its social and economic effect in the country.

In the sights of environmental defense associations for many years, the debate now opposes Amazon to convenience stores in these times of confinement, where stores have been forced to close. Its leadership position, its size and its financial strength have placed Amazon, more than any other e-commerce site, on the dock.

From federations of traders to politicians of all stripes, the initiatives of anti-Amazon activists have multiplied in recent weeks across the country. Some of the group’s practices, even its very existence, are the subject of growing criticism. “Job destroyers“,”of the environment

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