Sunday trading poll

PARIS: More than two-thirds of French people are in favour of shops opening on Sundays, as long as they don’t have to do the work themselves, according to a new opinion poll. Sixty-eight per cent of respondents to the Odoxa poll, appearing in Le Parisien newspaper on Sunday, said they were in favour of Sunday trading while 31 per cent disapproved. But when asked whether they would like to regularly work Sundays, 53 per cent said no, with most saying they thought of the day as a time to spend with family. In July, the French parliament voted to adopt a package of economic reforms, easing the rules on Sunday working. The legislative package provoked anger on the street, sparking the rare sight of white-collar workers such as notaries and pharmacists marching to demand the Bill be shelved.