[Ed. – Le monde turned upside down.]
In an unlikely protest, hundreds of French have taken to the streets to demand the opening of a McDonald’s in their town.
The residents of Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, near the northern city of Lille, marched to call on local authorities to back down on their decision to suspend the construction of the new outlet.
The McDonald’s was nearing completion on a site on the edge of town when authorities suddenly decided that it did not comply with zoning regulations and ordered building work to stop.
That infuriated locals, who were hoping the new restaurant would provide badly needed jobs as well as adding to culinary and social life of the small town. …
McDo, as they call it in France, has 1,300 outlets in France and has drawn in new customers by Frenchifying its range, offering products like the Alpine burger and the McBaguette. …
The 300-odd campaigners for the new McDonald’s in Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise appeared to have little sympathy during their march on Wednesday with the likes of [French farmer Jose] Bové, who see McDo as the symbol of malbouffe, or bad food and bad eating.
They have set up a Facebook page, which so far has garnered 4,000 “likes”, to persuade the local authorities to let work resume on the restaurant.