“For business, it is not possible to close the doors”

Tuesday, 2:30 p.m., rue de la Liberté in Dijon. You have to slalom between all the passers-by who stop in front of the shop windows. The majority of the air-conditioned shops open their doors to attract the crowd of holidaymakers who stroll around, an ice cream in their hands or a shopping bag hanging from their arm. However, this scene may soon be a thing of the past.

On Sunday, the Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, announced two future decrees forcing air-conditioned stores to close their doors and reducing their illuminated advertising at night. After Bourg-en-Bresse, Besançon, Lyon and Paris, which have already passed municipal decrees* to encourage energy sobriety, the whole of France will soon be affected by…

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