French Strawberries. Delicieux!
Claim 1 : You can pick up 6 bottles of wine in France for the price of one here
Possibly, but it mightn't be the greatest quality. You can get vin de table in a supermarket for about €1.50 a bottle, but you can equally get a bottle of wine here for €6.00. The 6 for 1 equation is pretty misleading. When I'm in France, my wine costs me from €2 a bottle, depending on what's on offer and the average cost is about €2.90. You have to remember that we pay a lot more tax on alcohol in Ireland, hence the higher prices.
Claim 2 : Mineral water is four times more expensive here
Tosh. A 5 litre bottle of own label water in France is €1.09. The same size bottle here is €1.29. Certainly if you stick to French branded water like Evian you will see a difference as it's a local product in France and imported here which naturally increases the price. But €3.49 -v- €4.99 still isn't a multiple of four.
Claim 3 : Chocolate is more than twice as expensive here
Naaah. In France, a 6 pack of standard 2-finger Twix bars (300g) are €2.73. In Ireland, there isn't an exact equivalent product but a 16 pack of single Twix bars (368g) is €2.69.
Claim 4 : Strawberries are twice as expensive here
This is a bit of a grey area. The cheapest strawberries in France are Spanish imports which are about €3.38 per kilo, very cheap indeed. But if we compare like with like, French strawberries are €3.99 for 500g and Irish strawberries are €4.50 for 450g. And if you want to be precious about your fruit in France, Gariguette or Ciflorette varieties are almost €6.00 per 500g.
Claim 4 : Ham is about twice as costly
Again, not true. If you compare standard pre-sliced cooked ham, the French ham is €17.44 per kilo and the Irish is €18.90 per kilo. You can pay as little or as much as you want for ham though - it's a personal choice
Claim 5 : Alcohol is more than twice as expensive
Absolutely 100% true - especially in the case of spirits. a 70cl bottle of vodka is €9.89 in France and €12.99 in Ireland. A 70cl bottle of Gordons Gin is €14.80 in France and €23.99 in Ireland. To rub it in, a bottle of Jameson is €19.89 in France but €26.00 here. Zut alors!
So, booze is cheaper but most other things pan out at roughly the same cost. Not as headline grabbing now, is it?