• Reuters


Five weeks into strikes crippling French transport, Emile Sebbag is agonizing over how to keep afloat his two Parisian clothing stores, deserted by shoppers as the backlash against France’s pension reform drags on.

The start of winter sales on Wednesday — traditionally a big event for French retailers — is unlikely to make up for a dismal Christmas period, when he took home half of what he’d projected, Sebbag said, echoing growing alarm among retailers as travelers face more chaos this month.

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