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Thanks to the pandemic, large retailers are regaining their image

The authorities are full of praise for this unloved sector. For how long?

The mass retail sector is today invested with a quasi
The mass retail sector is today invested with a quasi “public service mission”. PASCAL GUYOT / AFP

Large retailers are not used to receiving praise. A few months ago, Alexandre Bompard, the CEO of Carrefour, and Michel-Édouard Leclerc, the president of the independent group, were qualified as “Guys” in the grounds of the National Assembly, by the president of a commission of inquiry charged with studying the “practice” implicable criticism of large distribution.

The public authorities, the farmers and, often, the public accuse pell-mell this unloved sector of contributing to the financial difficulties of the producers by pulling the prices down, of oppressing its suppliers within the framework of annual tariff negotiations or to offer poor working conditions to its employees.

The Egalim law, which came into full force just over a year ago, has helped to soften relations with the agricultural world and industry. But not to the point of enhancing the coat of arms of the profession. Again in October, Michel-Édouard Leclerc and Dominique

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