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French shoppers go nuts over Nutella sale

Can you blame them, though?

Shoppers in France came to blows on Thursday after grocery stores slashed the price of Nutella by 70 percent, causing a frenzy among shoppers who apparently are really into the chocolaty hazelnut spread. (Turns out the French are the second largest consumers of Nutella, ranking just behind the Germans. Who knew?)

In Northern France’s town of Ostricourt, The Cut reported, “police were dispatched to handle fights. In the Loire Valley, a store’s entire stock disappeared in minutes and a customer ended up with a black eye. And in Southern France, shoppers threw themselves on a worker carrying Nutella.” o_0

“They are like animals,” a customer at the Rive-de-Gier supermarket in central France told Le Progres newspaper. “A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, another had a bloody hand. It was horrible.”

I like a deal as much — or more than — the next girl, but I’m not sure I’m willing to sock an old lady for discount Nutella. (Joseph’s Buffalo hummus, on the other hand … )

Friendly relations between France and Vermont

A car passes the historic French Block building, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in downtown Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)


Some jerseys ordered by a professional French soccer team now are headed to Montpelier instead — all because of a spelling mistake.

The French city for which Vermont’s capital is named, Montpellier, decided to pass the jerseys along to its U.S. counterpart after they arrived saying “Montpelier” instead of “Montpellier,” the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

City Manager Bill Fraser said on Thursday that the city in southern France has decided to send (the jerseys) to Montpelier, which is spelled with one L, not two. Montpelier doesn’t know how many jerseys it will get.


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