Attac activists covered certain windows of the department store with black paint this Saturday morning and unfurled a banner on the LVMH headquarters to denounce “the profiteers of the crisis”.
The images have caused a lot of reaction on social networks. This Saturday morning, the activists of Attac (Association for the taxation of financial transactions and for citizen action) covered with black paint certain windows of the Samaritaine in Paris, also inscribing the words “Dirty money”.
The activists also deployed a banner, featuring Bernard Arnauldt, CEO of LVMH and holder of the Samaritaine, on which appeared the inscription “+62 million euros during the crisis”.
The activities also targeted the headquarters of LVMH, in the 1st arrondissement of the capital. “The Gang of Profitors. Let’s make the ProfisseursDeLaCrise pay”, it was written on a banner on which again appeared Bernard Arnault, as well as other French fortunes like François Pinault or Patrick Drahi.
In a press release published on its website, Attac denounces “the indecent enrichment of billionaires during the health crisis”. “The crisis has not been hard for everyone: the wealth of French billionaires has increased by 68% since 2020”, adds the association.
Reactions of the political class
The action quickly made the political class react, and in particular Valérie Pécresse, the newly elected LR president of the Île-de-France region.
“It is not by attacking our national champions, job creators and drivers of attractiveness in the region, that we will have more social justice! To finance solidarity, France must first remain a country of creators and entrepreneurs, ”she wrote on Twitter.
A feeling shared by the mayor PS of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who estimated that “no act of vandalism can advance a cause”. “The reopening of the Samaritaine, after fifteen years of work, is employment, activity, attractiveness and influence for Paris and Parisians”, she said on the same network social.