supermarket planning eased

PARIS: Nicholas Sarkozy has tabled a new law that will pave the way for French supermarkets to open new stores more freely. Until now it has been difficult for supermarkets to open stores bigger than 3,250 sq ft. This limit is to be all but scrapped as part of a new law on "modernising the economy", which will be debated in parliament this month. The new law would allow supermarkets of up to 10,500 sq ft to open anywhere. "We want more businesses and more competition for lower prices," said finance minister Christine Lagarde.