PARIS, April 4 France's Constitutional Council
court on Friday dismissed a challenge to curbs on late night
store opening by cosmetics chain Sephora, owned by luxury goods
Sephora, which used to keep its store on the Paris's famous
Champs Elysees avenue open until midnight, had asked France's
highest legal authority to rule after earlier court rulings
obliging it to respect a general rule of closure by 9 p.m.
The Constitutional Council upheld the current regulatory
framework concerning night work, which stipulates that late
night opening (between 2100 and 0600) must be exceptional and
justified on economic or social grounds.
On a separate but related plea, the council backed Sephora's
contention that when Sunday opening permits are awarded by city
prefects, those openings cannot be halted pending legal
challenges to them.
(Reporting by Emile Picy; Writing by Brian Love; Editing by