The layout of Charles de Gaulle airport may leave a lot to be desired and the short connection times and typically long distances between terminals means that transferring is not for the faint hearted. But Charles de Gaulle duty free shopping is amazing. Charles de Gaulle Duty free wasn’t always excellent, though, as the airport did suffer a bout of neglect up until about ten years ago when retail became more than a mere afterthought. This is especially so since the airport was privatized in 2006 and things have since improved dramatically. Today, Charles de Gaulle Duty Free has a retail offering befitting Paris’s status as Europe’s style capital.