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According to the New York Times, the picturesque Gard area of France, famous for Rhone wines, desperately needs more employment, but environmentalists are pushing back at the possibility of Amazon’s looming “blight.”


  1. According to the article, what is the extent of the “blight” that Amazon’s new warehouse would cause in the area?
  2. What is the Yellow Vest movement? Why was it mentioned in the article?
  3. How many warehouses does Amazon already have in France?
  4. What is the unemployment rate in the Gard area and how does it compare to France’s national unemployment rate?


Alderman, L. (2020) Are Amazon Jobs Worth 1,400 Loads of Traffic? French Region Is Split. The New York Times, Oct. 11 (Retrievable online at