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US e-commerce retailer Amazon has decided to keep its six French warehouses closed until 5 May.

The decision follows the rejection of its appeal by a French court against a ruling that puts a limit on what it can or cannot deliver during the coronavirus crisis.

Earlier this month, Amazon shut its France-based warehouses as a court said it could deliver only food, hygiene or medical products, as well as restricted all non-essential products.

In a Facebook post following the rejection, Amazon said: “Unfortunately, this means we have no choice but to extend the temporary suspension of activities at our French distribution centres while we evaluate the best way to operate in light of the Court of Appeal decision.

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“Our distribution centres in France and around the world are safe.”

“We do not think that this decision is in the best interest of the French, our collaborators and the thousands of VSEs and French SMEs who rely on Amazon to develop their activities.”

In a separate development, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the opening of the AWS Europe (Milan) region.

The company’s AWS now extends to 76 availability zones within 24 geographic regions around the world.

It also announced plans for nine more availability zones and three more AWS regions in Indonesia, Japan, and Spain.