PARIS, March 8 French DIY stores will open on
Sunday thanks to a new government decree published on Saturday,
following a long-running legal battle.
Several chains, including Bricorama, Castorama and Leroy
Merlin, have been pressing the government to be permitted to do
business on Sunday saying it is vital to preserve jobs and fight
competition from Internet retailers.
In mid-February, France's highest administrative court
suspended an earlier decree allowing Do-it-Yourself stores to
open on Sundays after a complaint from trade unions.
"Bricorama is finally going to be able to fight with the
same weapons as its big international rivals," Bricorama
Chief Executive Jean-Claude Bourrelier said in a
statement issued on Saturday.
Forced in 2012 to close its 24 shops in the Paris region
after a complaint from a French union, Bricorama had complained
that it had been put at a disadvantage to its competitors.