2 April 2012
Last updated at 00:06
"No-one talks about the shopkeepers who work double the 35 hours for not a lot at the end of the day." Stephanie and Frank Riva, sandwich shop owners.
"We want to hire more people, but labour costs are too high. If they were lower, that would be a big incentive. Maybe more people would want to work for us." Valerie Grandmaire, baker.
"Our skills are getting lost because I can't find anyone to train up. We sometimes get apprentices, but they never stay on. No-one wants to promote a good image of skilled work in general. Politicians don't care." Joel Vallance, butcher.
"We're no longer on the map. No-one is talking about us. Politicians are hock to the big supermarkets." Richard Paties, jewellery market trader.
"The process of creating a business is an obstacle course. If you're not ready to wage battle against the system, you don't make it." Patrick Barbieri, restaurant owner.
"If small businesses are to prosper, we must stop this 35-hour nonsense and the talk of Sunday opening." Etienne Chauvelot, estate agent and loal union leader
"The costs of running a business remain the same regardless of your turnover. If customers don't come through the door, nothing can help." Danielle Cuny, manager of toiletry shop.
"We can't go against competition from supermarkets. People will go for the cheapest price. I don't think a candidate can change that." Alain Funes, owner of an men's accessories shop in Nancy.
"We artisans are dinosaurs. We are being taxed out of existence. There are fewer and fewer craft boutiques like mine." Sophie Abraham, owner of crafts boutique.