The state is offering € 500 to help merchants sell online

Digital for traders for a time of containment. The state offers access to 40 free digital offers via the portal. It will also reimburse costs of creating a website or joining an online sales platform up to € 500.

The French government is forcing small traders to close their stores to curb the spread of Covid-19 and is trying to open doors for them digitally. They are granted a grant of EUR 500 to enable them to obtain distance selling solutions by the end of the year. It will be transferred to the service and payment agency on presentation of invoices and paid from January 2021. The estimated cost is estimated at EUR 60 million. This virtual review can help, for example, to join an online platform, purchase software, create a website or pay for a support service. 120,000 administratively closed companies should benefit from this: companies and professionals in the hotel and restaurant industry.

Two more actions were announced by Bruno Le Maire, Minister for the Economy, Finance and Reconstruction, and the Ministers responsible for Territorial Cohesion, SMEs and Digital. One of these concerns access via the portal to free digital solutions for online sales. As an example, the La Poste platform “My city, my shopping” is cited, which is free for the duration of the detention and whose commissions have been reduced by half. Or the Paylib online payment system which is free for 3 years and the Wishibam marketplace solutions which are free for 6 months. In total, brings together more than 40 advertising offers from platforms and providers of digital solutions. Region by region, the portal provides information on the available solutions for registration, online payment, communication with customers, the creation of a merchant website or access to a delivery service.

The third measure is intended to ensure that the specialists concerned are well informed about the measures in the field of digital technology. By the end of December, 60,000 companies will be contacted by telephone to receive support in implementing these solutions. According to the government, the plan that has been drawn up amounts to a total of EUR 120 million.