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Diner attacks McDonald’s with axe over ‘cold fries’

A diner at a McDonald's drive-thru near Paris skipped the usual customer complaints procedure recently, after being served fries he deemed too cold. Instead, the man grabbed an axe and launched into a violent and terrifying attack, according to Le Parisien.

Diner attacks McDonald's with axe over 'cold fries'
Ever been let down by cold fries? A customer at a McDonald's drive-thru near Paris recently, dealt with the disappointment by launching a terrifying axe attack. File Photo: Alisha Vargas

We’ve all been let down from time to time by the discrepancy between what appears in fast food commercials, and what we get served in reality.

But for one McDonald’s customer near Paris late on Saturday night, the disappointment was too much to take, it would appear.

According to French daily Le Parisien, a customer at a drive-thru restaurant at Garges-lès-Gonesse, in the northern suburbs of the French capital, didn’t take kindly to the temperature of his fries, after pulling up to the fast-food outlet on Avenue de Stalingrad at around 2am on Saturday night.

After complaining they were too cold, and apparently not getting satisfaction from the staff-member behind the drive-thru counter, the 26-year-old man descended from his Renault Master van, brandishing an axe.

The incident escalated rapidly, as the enraged man swung his axe at the drive-thru counter, smashing the glass window to pieces.

Apparently not convinced he had made his feelings clear, he then threw the axe into the restaurant itself, where it landed amid a group of terrified late-night diners, narrowly missing them.

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The angry McDonald’s customer drove off in his van, and attempted to flee police officers, who had been tipped off by witnesses.

In the end, however, he was stopped and arrested by law enforcement, who found him bleeding heavily from a deep wound in his right arm, apparently incurred during the attack on the drive-thru counter.

Emergency services were called to the scene and patched up the deeply dissatisfied customer, a local man, before he was taken in for questioning  by police.

The 35-year-old McDonald’s employee with the misfortune to be working the drive-thru counter at the time of the incident, suffered cuts to the face from fragments of the shattered glass window, but was not hospitalized, according to Le Parisien.

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French justice minister faces trial on conflict of interest charge

France's justice minister has been ordered to stand trial in a conflict of interest case that has embarrassed President Emmanuel Macron's government, his lawyers said on Monday.

French justice minister faces trial on conflict of interest charge

His lawyers said they had immediately lodged an appeal to block the move.

Eric Dupond-Moretti, a former star defence lawyer, was last year charged with misusing his position to settle scores with opponents from his legal career, becoming the first sitting French justice minister to be charged in a legal probe.

The accusations relate to administrative inquiries into three judges. The three had ordered police in 2014 to pore through the phone records of dozens of lawyers and magistrates, including Dupond-Moretti, as part of an investigation into former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

The judiciary accused Dupond-Moretti of a witch-hunt.

He denied the allegations, saying he was merely acting on the recommendations of his staff to investigate possible mistakes by the magistrates who oversaw the seizures of the phone records.

The order to stand trial was issued by the investigation commission of the Law Court of the Republic in Paris (CJR), which hears cases of alleged wrongdoing by serving ministers.

But his lawyers, Christophe Ingrain and Remi Lorrain, said they had already appealed against the move.

“The order no longer exists,” they told reporters as they exited the CJR building.

Dupond-Moretti was not present.

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