Worried, butchers and delicatessens demonstrate in front of the National Assembly on Tuesday

“Our mobilization will serve all food crafts,” said the president of the Confederation of the profession, Jean-François Guihard.

Event “historical“: the words are strong, but the situation requires it, believe the butchers. The French Confederation of Butchery and Charcuterie is sounding the alarm on the difficulties of the profession, confronted, like all small artisans, with soaring energy prices which are affecting the accounts of professionals. A mobilization is scheduled for Tuesday in Paris.

This rally, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the National Assembly, must bring together representatives of “the whole of France“. A “historic event, the first for the profession for more than 20 yearsand the mad cow crisis, specifies the Confederation. “We were recently at a general assembly in Marseille. This request comes from the base“, tells the Figaro the president of the representative organization, Jean-François Guihard. Objective: to make elected officials aware of theholes in the racketwhich interfere with government support for professionals in the face of inflation.

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«The current system covers approximately 60% of professionals, thanks to the tariff shield. But 40%, such as those with many cold rooms or those with multiple outlets, are not covered“, he explains. However, these professionals collect invoices multiplied by “4, par 6“, despite the aid. If the structures are ready to accept prices “doubled“, This increase must be limited by a ceiling, judges the president.

For these small structures, soaring energy prices are equivalent to a death sentence, worries Jean-François Guihard. “Our companies are not multinationals, we must loosen the noose: when we take 40,000 euros of additional expenses over an accounting year, it is sometimes our entire result that goes there“, he underlines. Without help, these businesses, representative of the current suffering of small artisans, risk disappearing, or having to lay off workers. “There really is a danger“, insists the President of the Confederation.

His organization, which intends to bring together200 to 300 professionalsIn uniform this Tuesday in Paris, therefore hopes to raise awareness among deputies, and to meet, in the process, a representative of Bercy. It also calls on butchers-charcutiers to explain their difficulties to their customers, as well as to “symbolically turn off their lights [dans leurs boutiques] in protest against the rising cost of energy». «Our mobilization will be used for all food crafts“, wants to believe Jean-François Guihard.

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