Against the background of runaway inflation, in Spain a debate erupted over a possible cap on staple food prices. After making the proposal on Monday, Labor Secretary Yolanda Díaz launched an exploratory round with supermarkets. The first meeting took place on Thursday with representatives of the French chain Carrefour, which has the second largest market share in Spain. Further talks are to follow. In response to the minister's proposal, the French had announced that they would offer a cheap basic food basket. The opposition and entrepreneurs heavily criticized Díaz's initiative.