In the Assembly, Michel-Edouard Leclerc accused of “hijacking the money of the French” with “rhymes”

POLITICS – Symbol of mass distribution, Michel-Edouard Leclerc was the target of several elected officials this Wednesday, January 18, following pressure exerted by the boss of the E.Leclerc brand on the deputies, who have been examining since Wednesday a bill aimed at rebalancing the balance of power between agri-food manufacturers and large retailers.

After ten days of media confrontation, it was at the National Assembly that the Modem deputy from Loiret, Richard Ramos sarcastically denounced the practices put in place by Michel Edouard Leclerc to rout this bill, as you can see in the video at the top of the article.

The elected official spoke directly to the French businessman: “ In a wonderful world imagined by the care bear Michel-Edouard Leclerc (MEL), a nursery rhyme for naive children is told to us this week with a lot of advertising purchases. In this beautiful nursery rhyme, MEL would be a king defender of our farmers and our businesses. And his subjects, who made his fortune, would be his only happiness “.

But after having spun the metaphor of this famous “comptine “Richard Ramos quickly returns to reality. ” The reality is unfortunately different from this rhyme. Michel-Edouard Leclerc, who constantly insults the national representation by regularly asking deputies to come and stock the shelves of his supermarkets, does not know the reality of the deputies here present “.

He, the heir with a silver spoon in his mouth, must stop setting himself up as Father Virtue. Him, whose turnover is almost made in France, why did he create a purchasing center abroad, in Belgium? “Adds the elected official who thus estimates that” Michel-Edouard Leclerc diverts the money of the French, tries to divert the law but also the taxes and the taxes “.

As a reminder, the brands buy their products at prices set after tense negotiations. In the event of failure of these annual negotiations, this bill provides that the price requested by the suppliers is imposed, instead of the prices of the previous year which prevailed until now. What the large distribution criticized strongly, advancing the argument of an impact on the prices on the shelves, in the midst of inflation.

Finally, the deputies adopted this text at first reading on Wednesday. They unanimously adopted the voters (111 votes for, 37 abstentions) the text of Frédéric Descrozaille, member of the Renaissance party.

Aurore Bergé denounces the harassment of elected officials

The patroness of the Renaissance deputies, Aurore Bergé, was also indignant this Wednesday at the ” pressure “ put by Michel-Edouard Leclerc on the members of the Assembly. In front of the Association of Parliamentary Journalists (AJP), the deputy of Yvelines pointed “the way in which he intends to put pressure on the National Assembly”. “We can’t work like that, Parliament is sovereign”she argued.

“We are harassed by emails, messages” and Mr. Leclerc bought pages for his communication in the newspapers, she listed.

The Renaissance bill, examined by the deputies since Tuesday evening, aims to “restore a minimum of fairness” between suppliers and distributors during price negotiations, Ms. Bergé also recalled. But it’s “madness and scandal” in the eyes in particular of the president of the strategic committee E.Leclerc, who affirms that the text “will add inflation to inflation”.

Michel-Edouard Leclerc refused to meet” the author of the bill, Frédéric Descrozaille, “but met Sébastien Chenu”RN deputy from the North, pointed out Aurore Bergé: “Let him not tell us that the fight of his life is against the far right”.

Is MP Renaissance herself under the influence of other lobbies than Leclerc? His companion, the former deputy Grégory Besson-Moreau, now does strategy consulting and has been in contact with Ilec, the consumer industries liaison institute representing many industrialists. The institute is accused by large retailers of being the source of the Renaissance text.

Aurore Bergé, however, rejected any submission to lobbies: “I work with stakeholders in complete transparency” on the legal texts, which is “pretty healthy”, she noted. In addition, the links of interest of parliamentarians are “very controlled, which is normal”. “I hope my companion still has the right to work”she added, launching: “I don’t have a temperament to be under the influence”.

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