He sells baguettes at 29 cents in his hypermarkets and that does not appeal to everyone. Michel-Edouard Leclerc, the emblematic president of the Strategic Committee E. Leclerc, heard on Wednesday by the Senate’s Economic Affairs Committee, drew the wrath of a senator LR from Haute-Loire, Laurent Duplomb, who welcomed bluntly: “You present yourself as the white knight of the consumer while cleverly making people forget that you are enriching yourself since lately, and this was an article that has just been published, you have enriched yourself in 2021 by nearly 75 million euros. euros, increasing your remuneration by more than 40 million euros compared to 2020”, he accuses him.
“I’m just repeating what is said in the various articles”, he justifies himself.
Except that the senator confuses Michel-Edouard Leclerc with the billionaire Michel Leclercq, founder of Decathlon, who left the presidency of the group in 2009. The magazine Forbes estimates his fortune at 4.7 billion euros, which would make him the 18th richest personality in France.
“I only have one Q”
The response of Michel-Edouard Leclerc, half-amused, half-annoyed, was quick: “I appreciate your welcome and despite the crisis, I suggest that you keep a good-natured tone so that everyone comes out with their heads held high. Because if it is seen that, one will say that you did not make your collaborators work too much. I am not the Michel Leclercq you are talking about: the one who is in the top 10 fortunes of France is Michel Leclercq with a Q – I only have one – and he is the founder of Decathlon , and I’m not that Michel Leclercq there, okay? »
“I have not been an employee of the Leclerc centers for five years, he continues. My assets are roughly the equivalent of a small hypermarket and I pay my taxes well in France. I’m not that Leclercq that everyone puts out on social networks, and even so! But no, that’s not me.”