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Faced with the negative externalities of Airbnb, Deliveroo, Gorillas, Uber and other Wazes on the urban fabric and the long-term threats these platforms pose, local elected officials are sounding the alarm. From the department of Seine-Saint-Denis to the city of Sucy-en-Brie via Grenoble, some are even going so far as to develop or support alternatives to combat the Uberization of their cities. From there serve as an incentive to the European Commission and the state? Will communities bend digital platforms?
The summer polemic about “dark shops” has come to an end: these warehouses will no longer be able to be set up without the approval of the local authorities. Local elected officials, supported by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) and seconded by the Ministry of the City, won their arbitration against Bercy. “More than the outcry of dozens of mayors of all political persuasions against fast-paced commerce, I was surprised by the speed with which France filled the legal ambiguity that these applications benefited from… If we think back to the first ten years of Airbnb, Uber or Waze, these digital platforms have always were able to take advantage of the length[…]