The court order compelling Sephora to close its Champs Élysées store by 9 p.m. each evening is the latest in a line of similar restrictions on retailers under France's extensive laws governing retail operations. In addition to curtailing hours of operation, the laws also limit sales to certain periods of the year, outlaw loss leaders and limit store size and the types of shops allowed to open in specific areas. Apple, Monoprix and Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo have also been forced to shut their doors early, and two of Sephora's Champs Élysées neighbors, Abercrombie & Fitch and Marionnaud currently face legal action.

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