World Briefs: French go nuts for Nutella discount

French go nuts for Nutella discount 

STRASBOURG (France) • A French supermarket chain's decision to slash the price of Nutella by 70 per cent has sparked frenzy, with shoppers across the country jostling to squirrel away as many jars of the nutty spread as possible in what a worker likened to an orgy.

Videos posted online on Thursday and testimony from baffled supermarket workers showed long queues forming outside Intermarche supermarkets and chaotic scenes as bargain hunters stormed inside.

Ferrero, the Italian company that makes Nutella, said the discount decision was taken "unilaterally" by Intermarche and risked creating "confusion and disappointment" for consumers. 


Facebook testifies about Russian actions

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO • Facebook said Russian agents created 129 events on the social media network during the 2016 United States election campaign, according to testimony to Congress, shedding more light on Russia's purported disinformation drive aimed at voters.

Facebook, in a written statement to US lawmakers released on Thursday and dated Jan 8, said that 338,300 different Facebook accounts viewed the events and that 62,500 marked that they would attend. The company said it did not have data about which of the events took place.

Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet's Google testified about misuse of their services before three congressional committees in October and November last year.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe