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In Paris, the difficulty for air-conditioned businesses to close their doors


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The door wide open, and the air conditioning on full blast, in this lingerie boutique, the gesture has not yet become automatic. However, since July 25 in Paris, traders must imperatively close their doors when the air conditioning is on. Otherwise, they risk a fine of up to 150 euros. Europe 1 went to a shop in the 4th arrondissement, while many police checks have taken place since Wednesday.

A first warning from the police

“There, when I arrived in your shop, the door was open”, remarks the journalist from Europe 1 to Léna, a saleswoman, who justifies herself somehow. “Yes, that’s why I was scared. We watch all the time, and there it was a client who opened it,” she replies. A few days ago, the police came to warn the store. So you have to apply the rule, even if his colleague Lisa concedes it: a closed door is not a very selling signal.

“It happens that some customers, on entering the store, can’t push the door. Either it’s not the right way, or it’s a little heavy for them, and suddenly they abandon the opening. and parent,” she says.

Most customers validate the measurement

Despite everything, this measure seems fair and necessary to save energy. But some customers do not share the same opinion. “I already had a client she asked me to leave it open, she said it was too hot. I explained to her that it was to keep the store cool. So, she left the store pissed off and said she would go elsewhere,” she said.

However, such customers are rare. Most, like Camille, validate the measure. “I find it completely normal and I think to myself when I walk past a store and I feel a draft of fresh air. Clearly, it’s air conditioning that works for nothing,” he explains. she. If the store has not paid a fine this time, the municipal police intend to multiply the controls by winter.


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