“Suspicious” inflation. In any case, this is the opinion of Michel-Edouard Leclerc, boss of the brand of the same name, who is surprised by the real fallout from the war in Ukraine. It even goes, informs BFMTV on its site, to questioning the need for some of the price increases observed today on French soil. The businessman, continue our colleagues, did not hesitate to discredit suppliers – and in particular his own – considering that certain manufacturers are currently taking advantage of the economic situation to inflate their margins… To the detriment of the retail sector and therefore, ultimately, consumers.

“Half of the increases requested are not transparent, they are suspicious,” he said in front of the microphones of our colleagues. And he continued, without appeal, inviting the newly elected parliamentarians to the National Assembly to “open a commission of inquiry into the origins of inflation, on what is happening on the price front”.

In fact, still insists Michel-Edouard Leclerc, several elements are surprising. “When you have manufacturers of cocoa-based chocolate products invoking Ukraine for a 15% tariff increase on confectionery, on chocolate bars, I’m talking about Nestlé, I’m talking about Mars, you have to not even messing around! We are on the other continent for chocolate and cocoa!”, he said.

A number of products are indeed much more expensive than a year ago. Check out the list in our slideshow, below.