“It’s the same every year.” The president of the E.Leclerc group Michel-Édouard Leclerc anticipated reproaches from the administration on his practices after the government's announcement of the upcoming control of "all supermarket chains" on compliance with the law Equal. “We know that we are going to have sanctions,” assured the distributor on France Inter this Monday, February 5, denouncing a “caricature”.
“As soon as the trade agreements are finished at midnight one evening, the next day the administration comes to pump into the computers,” denounced Michel-Édouard Leclerc. The distributor could be singled out for commercial agreements on which “there are legal debates” specified his boss, denouncing French laws “so complex”. But refutes accusations of circumvention of French law by its purchasing center in Belgium. As for possible products falsely indicated as being of French origin, he mentions possible “labeling errors”.
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Michel-Édouard Leclerc also attacked the presidential majority, ensuring that farmers had “received instructions to come [demonstrate] in mass distribution” during the ten days of discontent at the end of January. “There is a group of Renaissance and Modem deputies who are targeting me,” he added. It’s the tweet factory!”
The boss of the E.Leclerc centers was surprised that the farmers did not instead go to demonstrate “among manufacturers or in collective catering”, while admitting to having a “part of responsibility” by having “sulked legislative discussions”. And to put the blame on “the last three Ministers of Agriculture who have never stopped dividing us”.
Basically, believes Michel-Édouard Leclerc, if demonstrators came to find him in his hypermarkets, it would not be so much to protest against his commercial practices as to speak to him as an “influencer” to reach Emmanuel Macron, with whom he discusses.
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