Masks: The Mayor denounces a "bad controversy" on mass distribution

Paris (AFP) - The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, denounced "a bad controversy" on large distribution, accused of constituting "hidden stocks" of masks while their marketing began Monday in supermarkets.

"I note that the large distribution, since the beginning of the health crisis, has played the game perfectly, in particular to guarantee the security of the food supply of the French", he explained on France Inter.

"I really think it's a bad controversy," he said, after a weekend when major brands defended themselves against attacks from health professionals and politicians.

"What we want is very simple: it is that the greatest number of French people can find masks in the usual places of consumption, whether it is pharmacies, major retail chains, tobacco stores., town halls ", explained the minister.

Carrefour, System U and Leclerc assured that these disposable surgical masks, the price of which is capped at 95 cents, would be sold at cost price, at 0.50 cents according to the latter brand.

Leclerc, who said he had already supplied around 100 stores with around 2 million masks, is expecting two other large deliveries this week.

"The masks will then have to be cleared.They will be repackaged in pouches of 5, 10 or 50 masks" marketed at a rate "probably (of) one package per customer at first," said the sign.

Carrefour ensures for its part to have "secured 175 million disposable masks and 50 million washable masks" for the French.

System U, which has ordered 54 million disposable masks (and 10 million fabric masks) and is about to recommend another 30 million, will sell them "in packs of ten to make them accessible to as many people as possible".

Posted Date: 2020-12-05

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