Michel-Edouard Leclerc seems to doubt more and more the rise in prices in supermarkets.
On BFMTV on June 30, he had already estimated that "half of the increases [de prix] requested are not transparent, but are suspicious".
The boss of Leclerc stores added a layer this Thursday, on the same chain.
“On the ground we would like to seize the public authority, the senators, the deputies, so that they look at the formation of the prices.
Is this inflation really justified?
For us, there is a lot of non-transparency, ”he hammered in the face of Amandine Atalaya.
Before continuing: “If I can explain why it is increasing, I can tell.
But if, myself, I have doubts about certain manufacturers, about speculation on certain markets, about prices following the war in Ukraine, it will be more complicated to explain to consumers that they have to accept being punctured from 200-300 euros.
I find that we are quite alone in this alert.
I would like them to look into the subject to help us.
Michel-Édouard Leclerc (@Leclerc_MEL) once again denounces the "non-transparency" surrounding the price increase pic.twitter.com/exBYVTnU02
– BFMTV (@BFMTV) July 28, 2022
This new request echoes that of last June, when Michel-Edouard Leclerc had suggested that "deputies open a commission of inquiry into the origins of inflation, into what is happening on the price front, since transportation to consumers.
“There will be a fight”
After the deputies and senators, the boss of the Leclerc stores also pointed the finger at the suppliers, with more than 80% of the products whose increase is not transparent: "From the moment the suppliers do not give me the arguments to justify these increases, there will be a fight, ”warned the main interested party.
The rise in consumer prices in France accelerated further in June to reach 5.8% over one year, against 5.2% in May, according to a first provisional estimate published by INSEE.
It could reach 9% by winter: “Today, many of us in distribution are announcing 7, 8, even 9% inflation by winter and that will happen in our stores” , revealed Michel-Edouard Leclerc.
“Everything that is biscuits, fresh products, everything that is packaged in cardboard, glass, aluminum, all this increases up to 10, 15%.
The more the products incorporate raw material, such as pasta and rice, the closer the increases are to 30%,” he said.