There are two big markets a week in Nantes, and they are both very busy. French do love food after all.
Fruits and vegetables are not always cheaper than at the supermarket but people have their “petites habitudes” (customs) and they enjoy shopping at the same stalls weeks after weeks. They joke, taste the fruits, complain about the price and happily bag a few pounds of this and that. So-and-so has the best meat, so-and-so has the freshest bread etc.
Markets also reflect the diversity of France. While it is not as multicultural than in Canada, you can now find a lot of foods and products from Northern Africa, Asian food as well as exotic spices.
You can follow our French trip here on Flickr: France (2010).