Counting the Cost of “Made in France” for the French


While we in Ireland are busy pushing the "Buy Irish" campaign, the French are finding the same difficulties with their produce - namely that of price

Socialist Minister for Economic Renewal Arnaud Montebourg believes in it, but what do the honest hard-pressed taxpayers of France make of it all? The “Made in France” label that has been so enthusiastically pushed by the minister does come with a cost to them, it seems.

On average, buying French instead of imports costs between €1,270 and €3,770 more per year per household. This is according to an article in economic daily newspaper Les Echos earlier this week, which cites a report carried out by the Paris-based national think-tank Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales. On a monthly basis, therefore, buying French costs the average French household between €100 and €300 more.

“A quarter of our consumer spending is on goods coming from a third-party country,” write Charlotte Emlinger and Lionel Fontagné, authors of the study. This is what “allows the end-user/consumer to realise substantial savings as a result of their buying power.” The widest gaps between Made-in-France items and imports were found to be in leather (24% price difference) and general clothing (80% !).

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