I am fighting plans for the 71st McDo in Paris

Burger giant McDonald’s is being challenged by the Green mayor of the Paris second arrondissement over plans for a diner near a school. Jacques Boutault says it will spoil the fashionable Marché Mont­orgueil and attract children from the school which makes a point of healthy meals.

Since ‘McDo’ arrived in France in 1979 it has grown to now have 1,400 diners, employing 74,000. Its turnover last year was €4.7billion. However, several mayors have, like Mr Boutault, opposed plans for new sites.

In Paris, work has started on the diner, at Rue des Petits Carreaux and Rue Réamur and Mr Boutault has asked Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to intervene. He told Connexion why.

I opposed the planning application several times and the city of Paris council finally followed my view, however McDonald’s went to court and the judge said the refusal was not substantiated.

Our battle has lasted five years – a first application failed because a majority of other occupiers in the building opposed it, then the firm chose another nearby site where that is not the case.

I want the mayor of Paris to devote the same mobilisation and energy that she put into getting the Olympics, to ...

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