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'We nearly called the police': French shoppers go nuts (sorry) over discounted Nutella

A French supermarket chain discounted it by 70%.

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A FRENCH SUPERMARKET chain’s decision to slash the price of Nutella by 70% has sparked frenzy, with shoppers across the country jostling to squirrel away as many jars of the nutty spread as possible in what one worker likened to an orgy.

Video posted online yesterday and testimony from baffled supermarket workers showed long queues forming outside Intermarche supermarkets and chaotic scenes as bargain hunters stormed inside.

“People just rushed in, shoving everyone, breaking things. It was like an orgy,” one employee in the northeastern town of Forbach told AFP, asking to remain anonymous.

We were on the verge of calling the police.

Another employee in Revigny-sur-Ornain said it was no wonder there was a run on the shelves: “70% off? That’s a steal.”

When contacted by AFP, Intermarche apologised to its customers and said it had been “surprised” by the sheer demand.

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The chain usually sells Nutella for €4.50 but with the discount jars were going for just €1.41.

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Ferrero, the Italian company that makes Nutella, said the discount decision was taken “unilaterally” by Intermarche and risked creating “confusion and disappointment” for consumers.

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