French set for Sunday trading change

PARIS: The French government is working on a bill to relax Sunday trading laws. Currently, most shops in France must stay closed on Sundays, with grocery stores only allowed to open until noon. Luc Chatel, the minister for consumers, said the government wanted to make it easier for stores to open on Sunday because that was what shoppers wanted. "We have started the necessary consultations, and hope to legislate in early 2008 on the subject," he added. The move is likely to face opposition from trade unions.