“For us, it’s advantageous”, these Belgians who shop in France where the prices are lower


Maximilien Carlier, in Roncq (Nord) and Mouscron (Belgium), edited by Romain Rouillard
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06:48, August 22, 2022

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Contrary to what we reserve to imagine, inflation in France, estimated at 6.1%, is rather under control with regard to the figures observed elsewhere in Europe. In Belgium, for example, the general rise in prices has reached nearly 10%! Enough to convince more and more Belgians to cross the border to come and shop … in France, as noted by Europe 1.

In the parking lot of this hypermarket in northern France, many license plates are Belgian. Nadine struggles to push her filled shopping cart: “a little meat, a little fish, water, yogurts, cheese”, she lists before continuing: “In Belgium, it’s much more expensive and I come every 15 days here to do my lessons. I earn 50 euros per shopping cart, it’s huge”, she rejoices.

“It’s money that goes”

Despite inflation, prices remain attractive. Many Belgians also see it as an opportunity to refuel at a more reasonable price. This is the case of Nathalie who has recently come to fill her tank in France: “It’s more advantageous than in Belgium. If they drop in France, as they say, to 1.50 euros, we will automatically return to France . For us, the cross-border workers, it is more advantageous”, she remarks, not without underlining that, for once, it is not the French who cross the border to reduce the bill.

Nevertheless, these rebates cost several billion euros to the public authorities, remarked Paul, a French motorist: “This will benefit Belgian cross-border workers, it’s money that goes away. But how to target only the French population? This is not obvious, even impossible”.

When you cross the border, petrol stations, normally very popular with the French, empty out. The reduction of 15 cents per liter on fuel, implemented in France, is very hurtful to Belgian managers who guarantee that they cannot compete with this state aid.


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