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French Retailers Defy Sunday-Trading Ban

People walk past the Sephora store on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris.

French Retailers Defy Sunday-Trading Ban

France's Socialist government tried to defuse a growing dispute between retailers and unions over Sunday-trading laws, acting to clarify rules that business leaders say are holding back hiring.

Trade unions, defending a century-old ban, are fighting retailers and some willing workers to ensure the laws are enforced after several home improvement chains defied a court ruling on Sunday to lift sales at a time of low economic growth.

Reporting by REUTERS.