Fortune bars, vouchers and online sales: the “system D” of traders in the face of the crisis

The makeshift bar is open.At the end of April, a cluster of customers are chatting, glass in hand, standing on the sidewalk.In Paris, rue du commerce, in the 15th arrondissement, the manager of the brasserie A la tour Eiffel has drawn up three tables at his doorstep to sell small blacks, demis and gamay in cardboard cups.The bistros, which were forced to close on March 16 to comply with the containment measures put in place as part of the fight against Covid-19, have embarked on take-away sales, some are selling their bottles, others have joined the Sauvermonbar network in order to sell online vouchers to be used later.

All over France, traders are looking for the parade to earn some income and replenish their cash.Their despair is obvious."Why can fruit and vegetable stores sell flowers and not me? ", Annoys Ieda Fusco, manager of the Jardin d'Auteuil store.This florist on the avenue de La Motte-Picquet, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, whose store is closed, is" a lot of mourning ": his employees funeral wreaths are mounted in the basement of the establishment.After giving away her unsold goods, the day after the confinement is put in place, she sells peonies, dipladénias and other roses in front of the neighboring Franprix."I am not doing anything illegal..It's the war to survive, ”says Fusco.

Flirting with the law can, however, be expensive.In Montpellier (Hérault), the owner of a hairdressing salon was fined in mid-April for failing to comply with the confinement rules.His curtain was drawn, but the hairdresser was still in business.It was hit with an administrative closure until mid-June.In Villefranche-sur-Saône (Rhône), customers of a bar open clandestinely were fined.

Posted Date: 2020-09-23

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