One of the first shocks I had on arrival to France was the number of McDonald’s and how packed they always seem to be. It turns out France is only second to the USA in golden arch hamburger consumption. Really? what about the long French lunch at a typical French bistro with steak frites and a glass of wine? McDonald’s offers a faster option for modern France, where lunch breaks are getting shorter, and for French cuisine, McDo (“Mac-Doh”) offers a particularly Frenchified menu (Chevre or Raclette burgers with Sauce Bearnaise, and even a baguette sandwich to name just a few) with all the ingredients sourced from France, guaranteeing higher quality than your typical fast food.
I haven’t been much of a Mickey D’s fan for the last 20 years, but I have succumbed to the convenience of familiar the familiar a few times to get a quick, inexpensive bite to eat. I can’t say the food tasted much different compared to an American Mickey D’s, but the portions were a bit smaller and the decor and ambiance were more stylish and comfortable than I remembered, and who can resist the McCafé with macarons and cafe creme?
So, next time you’re in France you don’t have to feel so bad when you get the sudden urge to go somewhere familiar for an easy and inexpensive lunch-even though it is still fast food, choosing McDos is actually quite French.