I’ve found another reason to skip the country. Day-to-day living costs remain lower in France than in Britain, a new study has shown. In fact, if you leave aside energy bills, life on the other side of the Channel is much cheaper than at home.
Bread, chicken, chocolate and wine are among the items that are less expensive to buy, according to the new issue of Living France. Petrol is also slightly cheaper too.
Perhaps surprisingly, however, cheese came out as more expensive than in the UK.
Of course, many shoppers on both countries have been keeping an eye on the costs of their weekly shopping. Discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl have made headway at the expense of their competitors as families look to cut their food bills.
Neither of the discount supermarkets is keen to remain at the bottom of the food chain, as it were, and both have tried to introduce items aimed at a middle-class clientele.
The tactic has paid off. Stuffed olives, brie de Meaux and Bordeaux wines, all at rock-bottom prices, have kept their new customers happy – and the tills ringing.
Take the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine that we shared over dinner last night. We bought it in Lidl for £4.49. While you can certainly buy good wines in France for less, for your average British shopper that’s real value for money.