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How and why is France is so much cheaper than the uk?

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mrsruffallo Thu 14-Aug-14 12:28:07

Fags £5 for 20 marlboro red
wine cheap
seafood cheap
How come?

Fags - UK penal rates of duty
Wine - ditto, plus they make it there!
Seafood - dunno. Are you on the coast perhaps? wink

ProfYaffle Thu 14-Aug-14 12:33:20

dh worked with a French chap a while ago, he's now moved back to France but reckoned wages were much less over there. He took a pay cut to move back.

I've never smoked, are fags really more than £5 for 20! shock

mrsruffallo Thu 14-Aug-14 12:35:42

yes- they are nearly £9 here for 20.
I am on the coast but not so far from the coast in England either.
We've been eating out everyday, 5 of us (me, dh, three dc)and it is so bloody cheap.

TheCowThatLaughs Thu 14-Aug-14 12:38:00

Oh god I can remember the horror of smoking marlboro red in France. Not the point, I know. The tax has bumped the price up in the UK hasn't it, to discourage smoking?

Squidstirfry Thu 14-Aug-14 12:39:30

Forget fags. In France every family gets free childcare!

mrsruffallo Thu 14-Aug-14 12:43:34

Free childcare in what form? That's amazing. Priorities in order.

LaMadame2 Thu 14-Aug-14 12:43:57

It's not really that much cheaper. Admittedly, yes, in the holiday season you can eat quite cheaply and they are very family friendly. But apart from the wine and fags grin most other things are the same, if not a little more expensive. I nearly fall over with shock at how little it is to get a full shop is Tescos or Sainsys compared to the French Supermarkets.

mrsruffallo Thu 14-Aug-14 12:45:13

Last night; Top 3 course meal for five with very good wine- 100 euros!! That would cost me much more at home! And no chain restaurants either.

mrsruffallo Thu 14-Aug-14 12:46:12

Fair enough, I haven't checked out the supermarkets.

HibiscusIsland Thu 14-Aug-14 12:46:16

Cigarettes cost nearly £9 for 20? Really? shock

vickibee Thu 14-Aug-14 12:46:29

We have just been to Gibraltar which is in UK governance and ciggies there are �2 fir 20, a litre of spirits �6.00. Petrol is 95 pence per litre, it must all be down to taxation?

mrsruffallo Thu 14-Aug-14 12:47:37

Yes £9 for twenty malboro in England, a fiver for 20 in France.

OwlCapone Thu 14-Aug-14 12:47:44

The UK is a small island. France is a large country connected to others by land.

SeagullsAndSand Thu 14-Aug-14 12:48:46

We really noticed how much cheaper things were this summer.

Shopping for 5 for two weeks 150 euros,diesel half price,even ice creams and lunches out we're cheaper

Last year we felt everything was expensive.confused

mrsruffallo Thu 14-Aug-14 12:48:56

Then there's the delicious cider. 6 euro for a very large bottle!!

cathpip Thu 14-Aug-14 12:49:19

Don't forget the diesel, 90 euros (£73) to fill our land rover discovery, normally cost about £105!

mrsruffallo Thu 14-Aug-14 12:49:48

I'm starting to feel like England is a big rip off money wise.

expatinscotland Thu 14-Aug-14 12:50:41

Really high VAT and low wages, I guess.

mrsruffallo Thu 14-Aug-14 12:51:38

Yes, diesel too, forgot to mention that!

unweavedrainbow Thu 14-Aug-14 12:52:21

the exchange rate for the euro is currently very good, so you will get lots of euros for your pounds. that always helps in making things feel cheaper!

Greythorne Thu 14-Aug-14 12:52:45

And every family most certainly does not get free child are in France. What rot.

There are state subsidised crêches which are very cheap and very oversubscribed. None of my friends managed to get a place in a crêche.

There is a very healthy market in illegal North African nannies offering garde partagée for those who don't get a crêche spot.

Added to which, wages are significantly lower here.

SaveTheMockingBird Thu 14-Aug-14 12:53:39

I find food more expensive in France tbh.

zippy539 Thu 14-Aug-14 12:53:50

We were in Norway not that long ago and everyone was like 'OMG it will be SO expensive'. It was expensive but apart from eating out the prices weren't that out of line with UK prices - which made me think that the cost of living in the uk has really risen over the last few years.

Diesel is cheaper almost everywhere in Europe - makes me very cross angry

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