Je mange toujours les salades comme un lapin. 

The infamous McDonalds and Americanization has hit France hard. My philosophy with traveling is that I don’t want to eat food I can easily find in the United States… However,

French McDonalds trumps it’s U.S counterpart.

Everything from the customized French look to the “Quality” ingredients. French McDo launches commercials which boast that their potatoes are chosen from Belgium and France. They offer garden fresh salads and a myriad of delicious wraps (I tried one!). The French “Happy Meal” actually comes in the cool red boxes that us Americans always see, but never get. My petit cousin got a happy meal and it even included a drinkable yogurt! If you go to the offical McDonalds France website (and can read French), then you’ll see how McDonalds evolved its restaurants to handle any French criticisms against sanity, quality, or regulations. 

Our ground beef is 100% beef, 52% from French cattle. At all steps of creating the hamburgers, strict hygienic regulations were followed. All of our slaughter houses conform to regulation, a veterinarian also supervises and controls the sanitary state of our chickens


I also noticed that McDonalds uses national pride as a selling point, “hmmm all these ingredients are from France, I should buy it to support us! or, France makes quality ingredients, so the food must be good!”


Both locations that I visited provided customers with several stand-alone, self-ordering machines. I’m pretty sure they implemented them because you have the ability to select your language, this allows incapable or scared tourists of still getting McDo without the hassle of speaking French! Of course, I manned up and ordered the old fashioned way, en français. It was extremely funny because the cashier was my neighbor’s daughter, so she actually gave me some extra food. Great, more calories… I made a small observation that all the employees working behind the counter were  extremely slim. They probably don’t eat it because they know something about the food that I should know too. 

My adventure at French McDonalds. July 2011.

I’m pretty sure that the only downfall to French McDo was the price. Everything seemed more expensive for less food, and that’s not even taking into account the fact that the prices were in EUROS. My French cousin raved about how Americans were able to fill up their drinks as many times as they wanted… not the same luxury in France. It was a good experience for me, and my cousin’s friends were all very delighted to pay (I forgot my wallet)…

Yet, the whole time I was bothered because the idea of McDonalds fights against the French ideals of small portions, slow eating, and wonderful French cuisine. Although France does add it’s own French twist to McDonalds, this Americanization will slowly destroy the French culture that we know and love! 

Have you ever tried McDonalds abroad? Do you think fast food in France is impacting more than just the obesity rate? I’d love to hear your comments below (no special subscription required to comment).

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