BERLIN Photographs of Angela Merkel on a recent
trip to a supermarket were published in German daily Bild on
Thursday -- earning the German Chancellor lavish praise from
the paper for her modesty and common touch.
Merkel visited the supermarket, inside Berlin's
Friedrichstrasse train station a few minutes walk from the
chancellery, at the end of July and bought oranges and lemons,
according to a Bild reader who took the photos.
Having queued with other shoppers, she paid with cash from
her own purse, the reader said. "It all seemed ridiculously
normal, except for the three bodyguards watching the whole
thing," he added.
Bild columnist Franz Josef Wagner said the trip showed
Merkel was in touch with ordinary people.
"Our chancellor doesn't mess around on millionaires'
yachts. She queues in the supermarket and takes her change. She
is a simple woman. A great woman. A supermarket woman."