According to Vincent Chatellier ten years ago, all this was impossible and above all unthinkable.
For the first time since the war, France’s agri-food trade balance with European countries was in deficit last year, according to INRA. Exports have remained virtually unchanged since 2011, while imports have risen by 24%. France pays quite high prices for its top-of-the-range positioning.
In 2018, France exported around 38.1 billion euros to Europe and 21.7 billion euros outside the European Union. In 2011, an increase of 2% for the EU compared to imports from European neighbours, which rose by 24% to €38.4 billion.
France, recognized as the world’s leading food power, bought more food products from its neighbours in the European Union than it sold in 2018. Enough to surprise many people. The Senate Economic Committee, being very concerned about the subject, states that at the rate things are going, in five years’ time, it is the agri-food trade balance with the whole world that will be in deficit
For Vincent Chatellier, France “finances the localism of all the floors and its top-of-the-range positioning. Three factors have combined to create this unprecedented situation. First of all, our European customer countries have all valued and developed their agricultural production, while their number of inhabitants is no longer on the rise, and to be fairly transparent, they have found cheaper suppliers than France, including “Poland, which has gained a lot of market share,” comments Vincent Chatellier. A great country, determined to catch up and whose agricultural ambitions are soaring