The French finance ministry has launched an investigation into the legality of a sales promotion of hazlenut spread Nutella by a national retail chain which slashed prices by 70 percent, prompting fights and wild behaviour by shoppers in some stores, who witnesses said behaved 'like animals'.
There were scenes of fighting and chaos in a number of stores of the Intermarché retail chain around France on Thursday as crowds of shoppers, some described as behaving 'like animals', grabbed jars of the popular chocolate hazelnut spread Nutella being offered at knock-down prices.
A bill of law proposing a punitive 300-euro-per tonne tax on palm oil has been amended to 90 euros per tonne after protests from producer countries.
French environment minister's climbdown came after protests from Italy where the popular chocolate and nut spread is produced.
Italy’s environment minister plans to eat Nutella for dinner after French counterpart urged people to avoid product over deforestation fears.
Judge ruled that giving a girl the 'name of a chocolate spread' was against her interests as it 'might lead to mockery and unpleasant remarks'.
French threat to quadruple taxes on products containing palm oil, one of Nutella's key ingredients, has angered producers in Malaysia.