Presqu’île businesses prepare for possible overflows

Presqu’île businesses prepare for possible overflows
Presqu’île businesses prepare for possible overflows

The cause was the disturbances that took place this Sunday during the announcement of the results of the first round of the legislative elections. More than 800 activists gathered on Place des Terreaux against the extreme right. Broken windows bear witness to the procession passing through Rue de la République.

On this Friday morning, two days before the second round, many stores have already swapped their custom-made window displays for wooden planks. Finding the entrance to these stores is a real obstacle course. No front doors, just informational posters, everything is done to leave no gaps. “Come in, the store is open.”“, asks a saleswoman in a perfume shop on rue Édouard Herriot.

“The 2nd district town hall advised us to secure our establishments. We are protected but we are losing customers because they do not dare to come in. Most of them think that we are not open“, admits the manager of the same perfumery.

A little further on in the Hugo Boss store on Place des Jacobins, Benjamin, assistant director, confirms these comments. “The town hall alerted us to possible risks of overflows. We have installed wooden panels as a precaution to avoid breakages and graffiti. It is also a way for us to protect our stocks in the event of an intrusion.”he explains. For the head of the perfumery, as for Benjamin, the wooden panels should disappear during the day on Monday.

Others, however, have chosen not to invest, such as the Horace store which was damaged during the first round of the legislative elections. “For one day, the costs amount to €1,200, which is far too expensive for us. Our windows are already broken. So apart from protecting the harm that has already been done, we are not going to barricade ourselves,” says Alice, manager of the men’s beauty products store.

While construction workers will be busy starting this Friday, most stores will be barricaded this Saturday, one day before the second round of legislative elections. “The boards were not supposed to be installed before Saturday but given the number of requests, they came on Friday”admits Benjamin.

In the middle of the sales period, this is a real blow for these brands which are struggling to welcome customers who have been put off by these stores transformed into vaults.

Whatever the result of the second round, a demonstration has already been announced on social networks. The meeting point is set for this Sunday on Place de la République at 8:30 p.m.

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