Hysterical scenes were filmed in several supermarkets across the country operated by the Intermarche chain, which offered massive discounts on pots of Nutella.
The promotion, launched on Thursday, reduced the price of more than a million 950-gram pots from 4.70 euros to 1.41.
In one video posted on Twitter, customers are seen shoving each other and shouting as they try to get as many pots as possible. According to Le Parisien newspaper, shoppers started to fight in the northern town of Ostricourt, prompting police to step in.
Intermarche did not immediately answer a message from the Associated Press seeking comments. Ferrero, the company that produces Nutella, said “the decision for the special offer was taken unilaterally by Intermarche.”