France is in the midst of a farming crisis thanks to national inflation, which has pushed up the price of potatoes and many potato-based products. The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), a French government agency, recently found that potato produce prices have soared by almost 23 percent in a year. Recent figures released by the agency show that prices for a kilo of potatoes in September 2023 were as high as €2.09 (£1.81), 39¢ (34p) higher than they were in September 2022.
Frozen potato prices have increased at a similar rate, having risen 25 percent in the same period, while mashed potato and crisp prices have increased by 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively.
Farmers have blamed the shock price surge on poor crop yields, with some saying 2022 was their "worst harvest in 30 years", and the recent figures may only compound their issues.