The Librairie des Abbesses, in Montmartre, participates in the event “Rekindle the fires of our bookstores” to protest against the closure of book shops in France.
Share November 2, 2020 2:19 p.m. Share In France, bookstores are not closing; Belgium spared Joëlle Garrus Agence France-Presse Julien Girault Agence France-Presse PARIS – At the heart of the supermarket, two shelves are covered in red: this is the book section of this supermarket in a popular suburb of Paris.
“I find the decision to close supermarket book shelves stupid. This deprives the confined of culture, “protests Sylvie Lagrange, an assiduous of the media library of the Kremlin-Bicêtre, south of Paris, where she went” to refuel “Wednesday, just before the announcement of a new confinement a month in France.
“And that does not help small businesses which, for their part, can really enforce barrier gestures,” she points out.
After having closed bookstores and libraries for this reconfinement which came into force on Friday, the government, for the sake of “fairness” vis-à-vis booksellers, has also banned the sale of books in supermarkets and specialized food.
Because contrary to the choice made for example in Belgium and Switzerland, in France, the book was labeled “non-essential”.
The decision came as a shock in a country that prides itself on a culture and love of books, backed by literary prizes, dedicated television shows and a public network of 16,000 reading points.
“Politicians praised the idea that France was a nation with a literary exception and that it was sort of the eldest daughter of reading and bookstores. Suddenly, we realize that all this was just wind, ”lamented the writer Sylvain Tesson.
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