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Michel-Édouard Leclerc calls for the creation of a Ministry of Consumer Affairs

In a column published in the columns of Sunday newspaper on May 15, Michel-Édouard Leclerc defended at length the creation of a new ministry that would better protect the interests of consumers: a Ministry of Consumer Affairs. Faced with unprecedented inflation and rising prices for basic necessities, many French people are forced to make trade-offs when shopping for food. According to Christopher Dembik, director at Saxo Bank, “the food price index published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jumped by 12.6% between February and March. now stands at its highest level since 1990 (the year in which the index was created).

However, “behind the scenes of inflation, (…) certain actors are excellently well represented politically”, underlines Michel-Édouard Leclerc, such as farmers or distributors. But “consumers no longer have a representative in government,” laments the businessman. As a result, the consumer has left the political field, he believes. The corporations say “that he would be ready to pay more for his races. A fable that the distributors obviously do not notice at the time of checkout!” he writes in the columns of the JDD, inviting the President of the Republic, who has still not appointed a Prime Minister, to include a Minister of Consumer Affairs in his next government, and to endow him “with an ambitious economic, social and environmental road”.

At the beginning of May, Leclerc announced that it was setting up an “anti-inflation shield” which concerns 120 products considered essential, reported BFM TV. Michel-Édouard Leclerc, interviewed by the continuous news media, said he wanted to “protect prices” for “the most common items, the most consumed in France” such as nappies, jam or even dairy products. hygiene.


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