August 26, 2003


Maybe itís the tasty new McBove burger. Maybe itís the Rude 'n' Surly salad range. Maybe it's the Hegemony Nuggets. Or maybe itís just because the stores are air conditioned:

McDonald's is expanding faster in France than in any other country in Europe.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 26, 2003 01:57 PM

So now they are cheese-burger-eating-surrender-monkeys.

Posted by: Razor at August 26, 2003 at 02:09 PM

Could be the Frog Frape's, or maybe the Snail Shakes? What do they call French Fries? Imperialist Cochon'-Chein Chips?

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 26, 2003 at 02:33 PM

What's so beautiful about this news is that the only way for McDonald's to expand is by people buying their product. Despite anti-globalization delusions to the contrary, the French must be buying Big Macs for them to increase supply. As an American (who avoids fast food unless on long road trips), this is hilarious news that runs contrary to the anti-American moves of their govenment.

Posted by: Ron at August 26, 2003 at 02:33 PM

They probably appreciate the friendly service - different from the surly, arrogant, rude, lack of it they're used to in their own restaurants.

Posted by: Rob (No 1) at August 26, 2003 at 02:51 PM

HA HA HA air conditioned...brutal man, absolutely brutal.

Posted by: ricky at August 26, 2003 at 04:27 PM

You know, over there instead of a Coke or whatever with your Happy Meal, you can have a beer instead. Costs the same.

Why not here?

Posted by: Ferg at August 26, 2003 at 05:33 PM

As an Aussie living in Europe, I suggest that the real reason may be that its one of the few places you can find a decent toilet in France!!

Posted by: Richard at August 26, 2003 at 08:49 PM

You will be needing that toilet-thing to be putting the ex-beer into.

Posted by: Ferg at August 26, 2003 at 09:13 PM

Sacre bleu! Le culture francais est defilee! Maintenant, tout le monde prendra un hamburger avec le lot au weekend!

Posted by: Willmott Fribbish at August 26, 2003 at 11:05 PM

The McDonald's Franchise may be American (more international now) But they use local ingredients.

2 all beef(non GM grain fed) patties,(or soy substitute) special sauce, (wilted heatwave damaged non GM )Lettuce, (rancid)Cheese, (non-GM)shriveled tomatoes, (non GM) onions, (non GM) pickles on a Moldy french bread bun.


Sevice with a cuss

I like the beer Idea though, I can see myself pulling into the drive-thru, "can I have a beer with that"? "would you like that super sized?"

"hell ya!"

Posted by: BiG McPherson at August 27, 2003 at 01:59 AM

Do the McDonalds in France remain open throughout the day, and do the remaining restaurants in France continue the longstanding tradition of only opening their doors for lunch hour and dinner hour? If so, that would probably explain its popularity.

Posted by: sean at August 27, 2003 at 03:16 AM

Unsurprisingly, BiG, the food at McDonald's in France is the same quality as McDonald's food anywhere, although the portions are smaller. And it's not service with a cuss. You're mixing up McDonald's with all those other restaurants you've gone to in Paris. The folks at McDonald's are perfectly friendly.

Sean, McDonalds in France do remain open throughout the day, and regular restaurants are open only for lunch and dinner. So you have a good point. But it's not as if McDonald's is your only choice at 4 pm--cafés and brasseries are open all day. Plus MacDo is packed at lunchtime. So there's something more to it. I think Tim's right--it must be the air conditioning...

Posted by: Katherine at August 27, 2003 at 04:16 AM

Hrm, perhaps it's the fact that McD's serves their drinks cold?

You know how crazy us Americans are about our cold drinks with ice! Then again, we don't fall over dead in droves when the temperature spikes.. coincidence?

Posted by: amy at August 27, 2003 at 04:51 AM

One reason the McDonalds are packed there (and they are) is because everyone uses EFTPOS to purchase meals. It takes forever to get served.

Posted by: CraigMc at August 27, 2003 at 11:29 AM