French MPs adopt amendment to ban Black Friday publicity
French parliamentarians passed an amendment in committee that aims to ban publicity campaigns for "Black Friday".
The amendment to France's "anti-waste law" condemns overconsumption and critiques the shopping day's "disastrous environmental record".
"'Black Friday' is a vast glory operation of consumerism imported from the United States in 2013," the amendment's summary reads, adding that it's "based on the advertising value of overconsumption".
In the United States, Black Friday is the name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and is seen as the start of the holiday shopping season. Stores often give large discounts and this advert campaign has since spread globally.
French climate protesters blocked the entrance to a Paris shopping mall in a "Block Friday" demonstration, causing tension with shoppers arriving for Black Friday sales. (AP) pic.twitter.com/E4zQrZzWSz— The Voice of America (@VOANews) November 29, 2019