I found what I could get from pharmacies in France very confusing and expensive.
For kids scrapes, all I could get was mercuochrome, red it was and I didn't like putting red on a wound in case it became infected. No savlon on germolene.
Never bought vaseline in France, but I daresay that would have cost an arm and a leg.
When I had my first baby in a clinic they gave a list of products to buy, and as I had not been offered or had any anti natal classes, was clueless, so we bought the lot. Cost a fortune.
Years later my friend had her baby in the same clinic and was given a similar list, and I crossed most of the stuff out, much to her consternation, but she only did buy what I suggested.
So yes, basics are too dear in France. Far too expensive and the health service is being conned as far as I am concerned, and as Betty said, those who pay in.