First published at washingtontimes.com
French lovers of fine dining and fine art are upset over plans to open a McDonald's restaurant at the Louvre museum next month, the Telegraph is reporting.
The fast-food franchise plans to open its 1,142 restaurant in France -- just a few yards from the entrance of the world's most visited art museum. The opening will celebrate McDonald's 30th year in France.
Louvre staffers already have expressed outrage over McDonald's plans.
Maybe the French would prefer Burger King? After all, Burger King did turn the French croissant into the Croissan'Wich. Mmm, tasty.
I wonder if the servers in French McDonald's are as rude as servers in other French restaurants. That would be a tough act to pull off. "Do you want pomme frites with that?"
If I went to the McDonald's at the Louvre, I'd ask the server what French wine goes best with a Big Mac. Probably a red burgnundy -- or whichever one looks like root beer.
But, of course, it's all about culture, and the French will tell you that they're just dripping in it. So along comes the unwashed, uncouth Americans too sully all they value most highly -- language, cuisine, hauteur. Guess we Americans are too focused on liberte, egalite, fraternite.