Faced with “suspicious price increases”, Leclerc requests a parliamentary commission of inquiry

Faced with "suspicious price increases", Leclerc requests a parliamentary commission of inquiry

CONSUMPTION – “Half the price increases” demanded by industrialistsfood industry “are not transparent and are suspicious”, judged Michel-Edouard Leclerc this Thursday, June 30 on the set of BFMTV. The chairman of the strategic committee E. Leclerc centers called on Parliament to look into the matter.

“I would like the deputies […] open a commission of inquiry into the origins of inflationon what is happening on the price front from transport to consumers”, he explained, judging that “many of the increases requested are increases in anticipation, even speculation”.

Faced with soaring production costs linked to the recovery of the post-Covid-19 as well as at the war in ukrainethe government had called on mid-March distributors and agri-food manufacturers to get back around the table to review the contracts just signed on March 1 at the end of trade negotiations.

These contracts fix the price of some of the products that will be sold during the year in supermarkets and the first round of negotiations led to an average increase of 3% in the prices charged by manufacturers to distributors.

Nupes in favor of a commission of inquiry

However, believes today Michel-Édouard Leclerc, these renegotiations have “gave the premium to the higher bid”. “When a supplier arrives with his invoices, he is asked for transparency. I understand that small businesses [soient fortement affectées par] the price of glass, aluminum”, he assured. “For those younger than us, we have discernment and we [accepte] their price increases.

On the other hand, he stigmatized “the large international companies” which arrived “with transport bills increasing by 15, 20, 30%, in particular the prices of containers which increased by 30%”. This, while “transportation companies are coming out with profits in the billions last year,” he said.

Another example, the “manufacturers of chocolate or cocoa products who invoke Ukraine for a 15% tariff increase on chocolate bars or confectionery…”, he added, calling on parliamentarians to “ask everyone to justify their share of the increase”.

“Excellent suggestion”, reacted the PS deputy and first secretary of the Socialist Party Olivier Faure in a tweet, ironically: “(useful precision for his good reputation, he is not Nupes)”.

The president of the PS group in the National Assembly Boris Vallaud deemed it “important that a business leader say so”. “These price increases are not sustainable, we need transparency and action. This request for a parliamentary commission of inquiry must be looked at. Has the government seized the competition authorities?”, he also asked in a tweet.

For LFI MP Clémentine Autain, “the increase in inflation is directly correlated to the huge sums given to large groups without any compensation”. “Great idea that this commission of inquiry, we need to know,” she added.

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