In France, children are required to provide their own stationery for school: exercise books, timetable books – the works. This means that stationery is affordable and readily accessible. I remember visits to French supermarkets when I was a child – on a family holiday or the school exchange programme – and was amazed by the sheer volume and variety. Having always been a notebook fan, I’ve never forgotten that feeling of wonder, and making time for a trip to the stationery aisle of a French supermarket is a must when I’m there. During my recent trip across the Channel, that’s exactly what I did in our local hypermarket. It’s hard to do it justice, but here’s snapshot of what was on offer.
Impressive, don’t you think?