The chain this week announced plans to close 11 of its 26 flagship stores across France by the end of the year amid growing post-Brexit supply chain issues. It comes as France continues to be marred by store closures – a situation that has only been made worse by the Covid pandemic.
And claims that the UK is the root cause of the problems were quickly brushed aside by many readers of Express.co.uk.
Reader Lawrence Ingraham said: âThe EU needs us more than we need them. MADE.”
Reader JL77 said: âBlame Macron and his stupid bureaucracy! “
Meanwhile, Exit_Stage West wrote: âBrexit is used as an excuse for a lot of management decisions.
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She continued: âAnd it’s not just in the food sector, it’s also in the fashion sector – 42% of UK luxury goods are exported to the EU.
âDesigners are caught paying fees, deliveries are late and it costs a lot of money in the luxury fashion industry, so much so that Paul Smith is talking about moving production, what little there is. in the United Kingdom, to Europe.
“So this is a bad sign for the UK economy, but it is also a very bad sign for Paris, which already has a plague of empty stores.
âAfter Covid, one in three stores is closed or closed.
“Madame Le Maire, she wants to run for president, she hasn’t been able to solve this problem, so Marks & Spencer is not closing this huge store near the Apple Store in the heart of St Germaine.”
Ms Thomas added: “Leaving it blank is a bad sign for her next campaign.”
Stores across France didn’t start reopening until early summer after being hit by successive waves of coronavirus.
This caused its GDP to drop by around Â£ 88 billion last year due to the severe blow to its tourism industry.
M&S International Director Pail Fruition said: âM&S has a long history of serving customers in France and this is not a decision that we or our partner SFH have taken lightly.
âAs it stands, the complexities of the supply chain in place following the UK’s exit from the European Union now make it nearly impossible for us to serve fresh and chilled products to customers according to the high standards they expect, which has an ongoing impact on the performance of our business. “
The 11 stores that will close by the end of this year are mainly located in the shopping streets of Paris, while the nine managed by LagardÃ¨re are located in travel hubs such as airports, train stations and metro stations.
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the Brexit process, saying: ‘We believe the approach we have taken is the right one.
“It’s something the public has voted for and it’s already bringing benefits to the public.”