Sugar, eggs, flour… We compare prices between France and Germany

A token in the cart and that’s it. Here we are in Kehl, Germany, at a strong discount brand well known to consumers. In this town next to Strasbourg it is common to hear French spoken. And for good reason, cross-border travelers come every day to do their shopping on this side of the Rhine. Despite raging inflation in Germany, with an increase of more than 7% in March (against + 4.5% in France) ?

As every week, Marine crosses the bridge of Europe that separates Strasbourg and Kehl to shop at this store. Not noticing any noticeable change upon checking out: “I didn’t necessarily feel any. Perhaps in fruits and vegetables? In any case, I think I save at least 10-15 euros a week compared to shopping in France. »

Prices “always more affordable than in France”

The same observation for Misha and her father Philippe. “The increase is slight on certain products, but prices are still generally more affordable than in France,” the two Strasbourg residents launch. For her part, Florence, a woman from Strasbourg who crosses the Rhine once a month for her purchases, notes, however, “increases higher than ours in certain products, such as sunflower oil or coffee.”

Finally, it is the Germans who notice the difference the most. Like Kehl resident Jürgen: “The increase is noticeable everywhere, not just here. As for oil, it is really extreme, because we went from 1.99 to 4.99 euros. Is it because of the war in Ukraine or because of the banks? I dont know… “

Fiona Härtel, responsible for economic promotion of the city of Kehl, suggests some ideas: “Obviously it has to do with the war in Ukraine, but the phenomenon of shortages of certain foods was already observed in Germany during the COVID-19 crisis. To oil, for example, people buy too much at once and accumulate it. It has more to do with people’s fear of what might happen in the future.”

For certain food products, advantage for France

For the rush, “20 Minutes” has wanted to compare to see if it is still advantageous to buy in Germany, filling a cart with basic necessities (toothpaste, rice, pasta, eggs, sugar, etc.). Outcome ? In two stores of the same brand, the one in Kehl and the other in the Koenigshoffen district of Strasbourg, the basket is still cheaper in Germany (27.97 euros compared to 32.65 euros in France).

In detail it looks like this:

  • Coffee: €3.67 in France, €4.59 in Germany
  • Eggs: €2.79 in France vs. €3.29 in Germany
  • Toothpaste: €1.19 in France vs. €2.95 in Germany
  • Basmati rice: €1.95 in France vs. €1.99 in Germany
  • Pasta: €0.99 in France vs. €0.79 in Germany
  • Emmental: €3.27 in France vs. €1.59 in Germany
  • Nutella: €4.40 in France vs. €3.99 in Germany
  • Tomatoes: €3.49 in France vs. €2.19 in Germany
  • Sugar: 0.79 euros in France and Germany
  • Detergent: €3.92 in France vs. €2.35 in Germany
  • Toilet paper: €6.19 in France vs. €3.45 in Germany

In Kehl, products such as toilet paper or flour are even out of stock. Moral: It’s always good to shop in Germany, despite high coffee prices.

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