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McDonald’s denies report alleging it dodged taxes in France.
thestar.com - McDonald’s Corp. denied a magazine report that it avoided paying taxes related to more than $3 billion (U.S.) of revenue in France since 2009, saying inspections by fiscal authorities at its French unit were routine... [more] 22 Apr, 2014
French franchise sector exceeds 50 billion euro turnover.
retaildetail.eu - Franchising is 'booming business' in France: numbers show an incredible turnover growth to 50.7 billion euro - which makes the franchise sector still larger than e-commerce. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2013
Burger King Takes On McDonald’s With New Pact in France.
bloomberg.com - Burger King Worldwide Inc., which said last week that it will open stores in India, formed a joint venture to accelerate its expansion in France, where it returned last year to take on McDonald’s Corp. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2013
BK Packs Its Bags, Heads Back to France.
qsrmagazine.com - Autogrill Group and Burger King Worldwide announced a new agreement to bring the iconic Whopper sandwich back to French fans after 15 years. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2012
Carrefour in talks to buy main French franchisee.
reuters.com - Carrefour is in talks to buy its largest franchisee in France, Guyenne et Gascogne, as a key shareholder in the franchisee looks to sell out and the world's No.2 retailer seeks to shore up its position in its home market. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2011
Marks and Spencer returns to Paris - and so does the orderly queue.
guardian.co.uk - Hundreds form a line for opening of new branch on Champs-Elysées ten years after closure of previous flagship store. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2011
Franchise Expo Paris 2012 rolls out red carpet for UK.
eubusiness.com - Reed Expositions France will host Franchise Expo Paris 2012 from 18 to 21 March of next year, at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in the French capital. The UK will be the event’s guest of honour... [more] 16 Nov, 2011
Gap to open first Banana Republic store in France.
bakersfieldnow.com - Gap Inc. plans to open its first Banana Republic store in France in early December, just in time for the critical holiday season. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2011
Quelle joie! Marks & Spencer brings British quirkiness back to Paris.
guardian.co.uk - Ten years exactly after having closed its most profitable shop in the world, right in the heart of Paris, Marks & Spencer revient chez nous. What joy! This time, the British retailer has chosen a rather grand location... [more] 1 Apr, 2011
McDonald’s France testing table service.
qsrweb.com - There may not be an extensive wine list or a “Garçon,” but some McDonald’s France customers have been getting special treatment. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2011
Accor Plans the Sale of 450 hotels.
carrentals.co.uk - Accor Hotels, the French hotel group, has announced that they are remaking themselves as a major franchiser and operator of hotels, rather than a hotel owner. ... [more] 20 May, 2010
Get Sushi expands into France.
franchise.net.au - Get Sushi, the French arm of the Australian owned Go Sushi franchise brand, is now open in the Kinepolis Cinema Complex located in Lomme, France. ... [more] 13 Apr, 2010
Accor opens its 400th Etap hotel in Europe.
caterersearch.com - Etap Hotel, the budget brand from Accor, has opened its 400th hotel in Europe, in Verdun, France. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2009
Accor will open 200 franchised hotels in France by 2013.
hospitalitynet.org - Reaffirming its firm intention of remaining the country’s leading hotel franchiser, Accor announced the opening of at least 200 hotels throughout France over the next four years. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2009
McDonald's restaurants to open at the Louvre.
telegraph.co.uk - Lovers of France's two great symbols of cultural exception – its haute cuisine and fine art – are aghast at plans to open a McDonald's restaurant and McCafé in the Louvre museum next month. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2009
Go Sushi going to France.
foodweek.com.au - Pacific Retail Management is taking Go Sushi overseas and is opening the new Get Sushi brand in the expanding Kinepolis Cinema Complex located in Lomme (Lille), France in early 2010. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2009
McDonald's McCafé Takes Aim at Starbucks in Europe.
businessweek.com - The Left Bank café is furnished with sleek wood paneling and leather armchairs. Patrons sip espresso from china cups and nibble on croissants and pastries. So what are those golden arches doing on the... [more] 24 Sep, 2009
McDonald's making inroads into France. It's lunchtime in Paris and the packed restaurant has neither check tablecloths nor carafes of red wine. It's a McDonald's and the French are lovin' it. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2008
Franchise Expo Paris 2008 to deliver Middle East focus. Franchise Expo will be held in Paris from 14 to 17 March 2008 and will bring together key players from the franchising and networked commerce industry. Franchise Expo Paris is expected to attract more than 30,000 qualified visitors. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2008
Domino’s Pizza Enterprises delivers 101st French store. Australian owned and operated Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (DPE) has opened its 101st store in France, after entering the European market less than one year ago in July 2006. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2007
Marriott International Unveils European Prototype for Its Courtyard Brand. Marriott International, Inc. today unveiled the prototype of its new Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Europe, with the official opening of the 150-room Paris Courtyard by Marriott Colombes. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2006
Domino's franchise hits 600 store-mark. Australia's only publicly-listed pizza company Domino's Pizza Australia New Zealand Ltd will be ordering one with the lot, perhaps with a dash of brie or camembert, in celebration of its 600th store opening last week in France. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2006
Orbit Drop Signs Lease for the First International Drop-off Store in Paris, France. Orbit Drop, Inc. has completed the initial step of its plan to develop a strong international market by signing the lease for its first drop-off store located in the exclusive Champs-Elysees area in Paris. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2005
Cardin set to abdicate for US$1bn. French fashion legend Pierre Cardin is putting much of his empire up for sale, seeking US$1 billion for his couture and licensing businesses as well as the Maxim’s restaurant concerns. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2004
French hotel chain aims at cheap niche. In a bid to tap into Hungary’s undersupplied low-cost hotel market, French hotel chain Akena SA will establish four or five budget hotels in the near future. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2004
Starbucks Opens First Shop in Paris. Starbucks has finally arrived in the country that likes to think it invented the cafe, and some business insiders say they know why it took so long to get here. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2004
Starbucks entering France in '04. Starbucks Coffee Co. plans to open its first French location in Paris early next year through a joint venture with Grupo Vips, its partner in the Spanish market. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2003
US rock icon Chrissie Hynde takes on KFC in Paris animal rights demo. US rock star Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the group The Pretenders joined animal rights activists in a protest in downtown Paris targetting a fast food chain. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2003
McDonald's serves French strikers. It has been almost a hundred days since a Big Mac was last served at the McDonald's on Boulevard Saint Denis. The restaurant's workers, like much of France in recent weeks, are on strike. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2003
Paris McDonald's staff protest Iraq war. Workers at a Paris outlet of the US fast-food chain McDonald's on Saturday briefly occupied one of the company's city-centre restaurants in order to both push their wage demands and protest against the war in Iraq. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2003
M&S confirms dispute with Galeries Lafayette. Marks & Spencer has said French retailer Galeries Lafayette is trying to claim compensation because of a dispute relating to stores it bought from M&S in 2001. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2003
French chain in CJD inquiry. Shares in the French restaurant chain Buffalo Grill start trading in Paris today for the first time since December 18, when they were suspended amid allegations that the company had illegally imported British beef. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2003
Adieu, Ronald McDonald. Like the Romans before it, the empire of the Golden Arches has finally succumbed to the indomitable spirit of Asterix the Gaul. As of Wednesday, Ronald McDonald has been retired as the icon of McDonald's France, replaced by the Gallic nationalist comic-book hero. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2002

French Chain Probed on Banned Meat. Two executives of a French steakhouse chain were put under investigation Thursday over allegations they imported British beef in violation of a ban imposed to stop the spread of mad cow disease. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2002
French McDonald's Advises Moderation. The French division of McDonald's has run ads that included a surprising suggestion: Kids shouldn't eat at McDonald's more than once a week. .... 31 Oct, 2002
Accor Signs $49M Deal With Dorint. French hotel company Accor SA said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire a 30 percent stake in Dorint AG for about $49 million and has an option to take majority control of the German hotel company. .... 8 Oct, 2002
McDonald's on a roll in France. McDonald's French operations have become the US hamburger chain's fastest-growing in Europe despite the restaurant-wrecking activities of peasants' leader José Bové and other anti-globalisation protesters. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2002
McDonald's France says "mad cow effect" over. The French wing of U.S. fast food giant McDonald's Corp said on Tuesday the negative effect of mad cow disease on burger sales was over. .... 12 Mar, 2002
Max Mara to open 40 iBlues stores in France. Italian fashion house Max Mara recently opened a new store under the iBlues name in Lyons, France. The group aims to open 40 stores in total in France within five years, both under franchise and self-owned. The first new iBlues store was opened in Toulouse and the next will be launched in Paris. .... 15 Oct, 2001
Leon de Bruxelles up for sale. French restaurant group Leon de Bruxelles, which was put into receivership on June 27, has launched a call for tenders for the purchase of its assets. .... 17 Sep, 2001
M&S France seeks sole buyer. Marks & Spencer said it would be talking to potential buyers of its French stores until the end of August and plans to have a shortlist of two or three firms by October. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2001
French hired gun slams M&S. The boss of Marks & Spencer in France has condemned the parent British retailer as a 'killer of innovation' and its boss, Belgian Luc Vandevelde, for 'errors of communication'. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2001
La City declares bankruptcy. French womenswear brand La City declared itself bankrupt yesterday at the commercial court in Bobigny. .... 9 Aug, 2001
Monceau Fleurs to open 11 new stores between now and end of year. French on-line flower distributor Monceau Fleurs is continuing its policy of expansion. The chain is to open 11 new boutiques (four in Paris, seven outside) between now and the end of the year. .... 7 Aug, 2001
M&S French closures on hold. Marks & Spencer (M&S) said it has slowed moves to close its 18 French stores, preferring instead to seek a buyer. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2001
Fly to open 20 stores to compete with Ikea in Spain. Fly, the French designer furniture group, wants to expand in Spain by opening 20 outlets over the next five years, some of which will operate as franchises. .... 28 Jun, 2001
French M&S staff march while food rots. French staff of Marks & Spencer in line for redundancy have marched through central Paris demanding bonus payments, leaving food to rot on the shelves of the company's flagship store for a fifth straight day. .... 26 Jun, 2001
French M&S workers strike. Marks & Spencer staff throughout France have gone on strike in a row over bonus payments, days before the start of the summer sale. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2001
Galeries Lafayette interested in M&S stores. French group Galeries Lafayette has expressed its interest in several French outlets of Marks & Spencer along with their staff. .... 13 Jun, 2001
French workers win new rights. Tough new employment laws - making it much harder to sack staff - have been passed in France. The issue of workers' rights has been pushed into the spotlight in France by the decision by Marks and Spencer to close its European stores, and the way the announcement was handled. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2001
French court rules against M&S. A French court has ordered Marks and Spencer to suspend plans to close its 18 directly owned outlets in France. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2001
French unions stage M&S protest. French unions have held a large demonstration to protest at Marks & Spencer's plans to close all its stores on the European mainland with the loss of 4,390 jobs. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2001
Carre Blanc aims to double sales within 5 years. French company Carre Blanc, which specialises in household linen, was taken over by UK investment company 3i Group PLC in June last year. .... 17 Jan, 2001
Lissac franchisees lose legal battle. The Paris commercial court Thursday issued an emergency interim ruling in favour of Evelyne Lissac, chairwoman of the French eye-wear chain Lissac, following an attempt by the French franchised opticians' association (AFO) to have Mme Lissac removed from her post. .... 18 Dec, 2000
Choice France aiming for 280 hotels by 200. US group Choice, the world's second largest hotel franchise with 5,065 establishments, is confirming its spearhead in the French market. .... 13 Dec, 2000
New fast food chain to set up in Bordeaux. Aquitares Toastissimo, a new fast food brand, is to be set up in Bordeaux in the near future. .... 6 Nov, 2000
INTEREST - Carrefour and Promodès to sell 34 stores. The French government on Wednesday asked Carrefour and Promodès, the two retailers, to dispose of 34 stores in exchange for approving their planned merger into Europe's biggest retailing chain. .... [more] 24 May, 2000
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