16% of French people say they do not eat enough, reveals a study

16% of French people say they do not eat enough, reveals a study

This is one of the consequences of inflation and rising supermarket prices. About 1 in 6 French people (16%) said at the end of last year that they could not eat enough, according to a study by the Research Center for the Study and Observation of Living Conditions (Crédoc) revealed by Franceinfo this Wednesday, May 17.

The proportion of those who deprive themselves of food has increased by 4 points in less than six months. By way of comparison, in 2016, there were almost half as many people in food insecurity. Since then, food prices have soared, with inflation exceeding 10% for certain products.

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Prices that also affect those who say they have the means to eat their fill: meat, fruit and vegetables, fish… Nearly one in two French people (45%) admits that they do not have access to all the food they would like. And the deprivations, which were maintained at less than 2% before inflation became galloping, have now increased considerably and are pushing the French to turn to first-price products or less fresh products.

“Now around a third of French people say they eat all the food they want, compared to half [des Français] in 2016 »notes the Crédoc in its report.

Increase in requests to Secours Populaire

According to the Crédoc, in households with children, it is mainly women – not for financial reasons but time, organization in particular – who are exposed to food insecurity, or young people: it concerns 24% of those under 40 years compared to 7% of 60-69 year olds.

Alarming but not surprising figures for Jean Stellittano, secretary general of Secours populaire, who remarks “a lot of trade-offs” and of “renunciations” from the French: “Either we pay the rent, or we pay for food”he explains to Franceinfo.

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The number of requests to Secours Populaire has been on the rise since the beginning of last year, with in certain regions “up to 50% more people who come to us for help and especially with many poor workers”. Among the beneficiaries, single-parent families – 70% of the public –“people we helped four or five years ago, who no longer came and who come back”, or working couples.

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“The unemployment curve is falling, but those of precariousness and poverty are increasing, so it is good that the jobs that are created do not allow people to be independent and live with dignity”, he notes.

Faced with rising prices in the food industry, industrialists in the sector are summoned this Wednesday to Bercy by the government, which calls on them to renegotiate with the brands to lower the prices on the shelves. According to the National Association of Food Industries (Ania), the biggest manufacturers have agreed to reopen negotiations with supermarkets by the end of May. The Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire estimated that these negotiations will allow “to accelerate the fall in prices in supermarkets”. “This is great news for consumers”.

On Monday, during his television interview, President Emmanuel Macron tackled the distributors who, at the start of the war in Ukraine “quickly passed on the increase [des prix des céréales ou de l’énergie] », but “have less quickly passed on the recent drop in certain prices”. “The objective is to absorb this inflation [alimentaire] by fall”he added.

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