40 years of Le Big Mac: Here’s how big France’s appetite for McDonald’s has grown

40 years of Le Big Mac: Here’s how big France’s appetite for McDonald’s has grown

It's 40 years since the US burger giant McDonald's sold its first French fries in France. Here's a look at how the French fell in love with the Big Mac although the relationship has had its ups and downs over the years.

French island loses battle to stay McDonald’s-free

French island loses battle to stay McDonald’s-free

The fight to save a McDonald’s in France

The fight to save a McDonald’s in France

French McDonald’s worker threatens to set himself on fire over losing job

French McDonald’s worker threatens to set himself on fire over losing job

French town wages food war on McDonald’s with healthy spoof eatery

French town wages food war on McDonald’s with healthy spoof eatery

Historic French town fights back against ‘aggressive’ McDonald’s advertising

Historic French town fights back against ‘aggressive’ McDonald’s advertising

McDonald’s to give French customers knives and forks in world first

McDonald’s to give French customers knives and forks in world first

French purists outraged as McDonald’s puts potatoes in Salade Nicoise

French purists outraged as McDonald’s puts potatoes in Salade Nicoise

France teams up with McDonald’s to help fight youth unemployment

France teams up with McDonald’s to help fight youth unemployment

US fast food giant opens burger battle with ‘McDo’ on Champs-Elysées

US fast food giant opens burger battle with ‘McDo’ on Champs-Elysées

Tiny town in Provence fights to keep out the Big Mac

Tiny town in Provence fights to keep out the Big Mac

French special forces down Big Macs to foil McDo heist

French special forces down Big Macs to foil McDo heist

Police raid McDonald’s French HQ in tax probe

Police raid McDonald’s French HQ in tax probe

French taxman ‘sends McDonald’s €300m bill’

French taxman ‘sends McDonald’s €300m bill’

Burger King vs ‘McDo’: Giants declare TV ad war in France

Burger King vs ‘McDo’: Giants declare TV ad war in France

French McDonald’s ‘sold drugs at drive-through’

French McDonald’s ‘sold drugs at drive-through’

French McDonald’s sorry for homeless burger ban

French McDonald’s sorry for homeless burger ban

Why do the French love McDonald’s so much?

Why do the French love McDonald’s so much?

Paris steps up campaign to keep McDonald’s out

Paris steps up campaign to keep McDonald’s out

McDonald’s accused of huge French tax dodge

McDonald’s accused of huge French tax dodge

Protest in French town to demand new McDonald’s

Protest in French town to demand new McDonald’s

McDonald’s denies dodging taxes in France

McDonald’s denies dodging taxes in France

French diner hurt by McDonald’s potato wedge

French diner hurt by McDonald’s potato wedge

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

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

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Parisians fight back against McDonald’s

Burger King set to open 400 outlets in France

Burger King set to open 400 outlets in France

Fast food giants top list of France’s recruiters

Fast food giants top list of France’s recruiters

French diner ‘forgets’ €25,000 in McDonald’s

French diner ‘forgets’ €25,000 in McDonald’s

Le Whopper and Burger King ‘to return’ to Paris

Le Whopper and Burger King ‘to return’ to Paris

French cheese causes a stink at US customs

French cheese causes a stink at US customs

McDonald’s set to make fries ‘100% French’

McDonald’s set to make fries ‘100% French’

McDonald’s denies attack on tech-specs Canadian

McDonald’s denies attack on tech-specs Canadian

McDonald’s tempts French with ‘McBaguette’

McDonald’s tempts French with ‘McBaguette’