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The natural fir, favorite of the French


Christmas symbol par excellence, the Christmas tree is a holiday essential for most French people.

Update on their preferences.

Reigning in the middle of the living room, adorned with colors and lights, balls and garlands, the tree alone is synonymous with Christmas.

And in French households, it is natural that remains the most popular, representing 84.6% of sales in 2011, according to a study by TNS Sofres.

Taking advantage of the vogue for all that is natural, it is well ahead of the artificial tree (15.4% of sales), which has lost ground in recent years.

If the share of natural fir has been increasing steadily since 2010, this is mainly to the benefit of Nordmann. The spruce share is steadily declining.

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The best-selling Nordmann

Regarding the varieties of fir trees chosen, it is the Nordmann wins, with 69.1% of sales, ahead of spruce (27.7% market share). Most of these trees are bought cut, those sold in pots or lumps are less popular, they represent only 10.9% of sales.

Remember that the Nordmann has the advantage of outlasting spruce, and of not not lose your needles. These qualities are reflected in its price: € 27.90 on average, compared to € 16.70 for spruce.

Purchases are made in the first half of December for more than half of the households (56.5%). The trees chosen are generally between 1 and 1.5 meters, even if more and more French people are falling for a larger tree: 34.3% of them buy a tree over 1.5 meters!

Christmas tree, an ecological choice

The French Association of a natural Christmas tree (AFSNN) reminds that trees are not cut in the forest but grown by farmers, in France, over an area of ​​more than 5,000 hectares. Crop rotations are carried out to fertilize the soil and prevent its acidification.

Biodegradable, it represents a ecological choice compared to plastic trees, which are difficult to recycle. To limit pollution linked to transport, opt for a "made in France" tree : some producers indicate the origin of their trees on the labels. A practice doomed to become widespread.

Laure Hamann

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Visual credits: AFSNN, © etfoto

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