Amazon is still as interested in France. The American online sales giant has thus planned to open “in the summer of 2021” a new large warehouse in France. Located in the metropolis of Metz, it will lead to the creation of 1,000 jobs on open-ended contracts (CDI) within three years, promised the management of the group chaired by Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world.
This new distribution center will be located on the former air base on the Frescaty plateau, located in the town of Augny, south of Metz. It has an area “of 50,000 square meters on the ground, optimized on four levels,” said the American giant in a press release. Amazon, which anticipates 14,500 permanent employees in France at the end of 2021, “has already started recruiting for this site, in particular for managerial and maintenance technician positions to be filled now”.
“The recruitment campaign that is opening marks the culmination of a project carried out hand in hand with local players for several years”, explains Ronan Bolé, director of Amazon Logistics in France. This site is Amazon’s eighth distribution center in France, after Saran near Orleans, Montélimar (Drôme), Sevrey near Chalon-sur-Saône, Lauwin-Planque near Lille, Boves near Amiens, Brétigny- sur-Orge (Essonne) and Senlis, in the Oise.
What to restore the image of Amazon?
Cédric Gouth, vice-president of Metz Métropole and mayor of Woippy, where Amazon opened a delivery agency in 2019, explains that the favorable opinion of elected officials for this establishment “has the main objective of preparing the pool of jobs to be seized. this opportunity in terms of direct jobs and indirect jobs ”. It remains to be seen whether this new establishment of Amazon in France will allow the American giant to restore its image, while it is today under fire from the European and American authorities for its tax avoidance practices denounced almost unanimously. .
In a recent speech on his stimulus package, US President Joe Biden pledged that one of his priorities would be to “level the international playing field” and ensure that big business – and Amazon first and foremost. – pay their fair share of taxes by increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%. “A firefighter and a teacher pay 22% tax. Amazon and 90 other large companies pay no federal taxes ”, regretted the 46e President of the United States, who is currently leading the charge for a review of the taxation of digital giants.
The tax plan of the Biden administration is in line with other actions carried out internationally, and in particular in France, to attack multinationals and their efforts to optimize and even avoid tax.