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The Pain of Chocolate as French Shoppers Brawl Over Nutella

Intermarche, a French chain usually sells Nutella for 4.50 euros ($5.60) but with the discount jars were going for just 1.41 euros.

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Updated:January 26, 2018, 11:05 PM IST
The Pain of Chocolate as French Shoppers Brawl Over Nutella
Nutella Cafe, Chicago. (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ PR News Foto/ Ferrero)
A French supermarket chain's decision to slash the price of Nutella by 70 percent has sparked frenzy, with shoppers across the country jostling to squirrel away as many jars of the nutty spread as possible in what one worker likened to an orgy. Video posted online Thursday and testimony from baffled supermarket workers showed long queues forming outside Intermarche supermarkets and chaotic scenes as bargain hunters stormed inside.

"People just rushed in, shoving everyone, breaking things. It was like an orgy," one employee in the northeastern town of Forbach told AFP, asking to remain anonymous. "We were on the verge of calling the police." Another employee in Revigny-sur-Ornain said it was no wonder there was a run on the shelves: "70 percent off? That's a steal."

When contacted by AFP, Intermarche apologized to its customers and said it had been "surprised" by the sheer demand. The I

"Seriously??!! All this just for Nutella" posted Kenny Le Bon (@KennyLeBon) on Twitter alongside a video of a crowd of shoppers scrambling over a rapidly depleting stand of jars.

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