Shoplifting offences skyrocket in France as more seniors stealing

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Shoplifting offenses in France is skyrocketing as the number of incidents has gone up with more seniors stealing “butter” or a “piece pf cheese”, a news report has claimed. According to the report, more than 17 percent of complaints were recorded over the first eight months of the year.

The report suggested that due to the rise in shoplifting incidents, cashiers have doubled their vigilance.

Jacky Thoonsen, manager of Thoonsen said: “The most important demand in France now is to protect cans.

“But also, the sausage or the cans.

“For 30 euros of anti-theft, I protect 250 euros of goods for ten years.”

Ludovic Jouaud, director at E. Leclerc Cap Sud, in Saint-Maur (Indre), is confronted with quasi-professional individuals.

But for a year, due to inflation, there are new profiles of thieves.

He said: “At present, it’s more an elderly person, a retired person, [who steals] his wafer of butter, his piece of cheese, his slice of ham, basic products which are experiencing a small increase.”

In one of the videos recorded by TFI, a man steals a bottle of shampoo, while he is filmed by a hidden camera.

Jéremy Voisin, commercial director at ISS Partners said: “For example, an object that we will put in the pocket or someone who slips an object under their stroller.”

Thieves face up to three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros.

Predictions suggest that the general inflation rate will continue at four percent in France in 2023, and at two percent in 2024 because raw material and energy costs will remain high.

European Central Bank member and Bank of France’s head Francois Villeroy de Galhau also said earlier this month that inflation should peak sometime during the first half of 2023 before going down and that the European economy should escape a hard landing next year.

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Earlier this month, France’s national statistics body said the French economy would contract slightly this quarter due to refinery strikes and nuclear reactor outages before activity recovered in the first half of next year.

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