Bakery chain owners, Michel and Muriel Dudo, say that their annual electricity costs had tripled from 42,000 euros to 130,000. Such sharp rise happens due to an increase in the cost of electricity while the bakery operates the same schedule of work.
Another blow was the rise of raw materials' prices. Over the last year, the price for butter has increased by 30%, sugar and milk prices – by 100%. There also has been an indexation of wages and all 64 employees have to be paid more now.
Despite the support of the state, some businesses have already switched to midnight work. This considers to be a huge step back in terms of social security, but it is the only way they can stay afloat.