French island town loses its fight to keep out McDonald's

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A Bordeaux court has ordered the mayor of Dolus-d'Oléron, a small town on the Atlantic island of Oléron, a popular tourism site off west-central France, to give up his fight to keep out a McDonald's restaurant and give the fast-food chain a building permit or face a further daily fine of 300 euros on top of backpayments for his earlier refusal, amounting to more than 100,000 euros.

Battle over McDonald's 'union stronghold' in Marseille


A McDonald's restaurant in the north of Marseille faces closure in the coming days as it gets sold to a mysterious new owner. The current owners of the franchise say the fast-food restaurant is closing simply because it has made heavy losses in recent years. But unions and staff insist the sale is simply a ruse to get rid of an outlet whose employees have successfully led many forms of industrial action in recent years, both locally and nationally. As Dan Israel reports, the 70 staff have now made an official complaint of attempted fraud on the part of the franchise owners.

France bills McDonald’s for 300m euros in unpaid tax

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Magazine L'Expansion says French demand is for unpaid taxes on profits believed to have been funnelled through Luxembourg and Switzerland.

McDonald’s puts a baguette sandwich on its French menu

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France remains McDonald’s most profitable market after US with 1,228 outlets in 934 towns, €4.2 billion sales in 2011 and 66,000 staff.

French mouths water with the return of Burger King

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The announcement that the US fast food chain is set to make a return to France after a 15-year absence has sparked huge interest.