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Duelling arches: McDonald’s golden arches greet hungry visitors to the nearby Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Duelling arches: McDonald’s golden arches greet hungry visitors to the nearby Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
(LAURENT REBOURS/Associated Press)

France turns heat up on McDonald's as burger becomes king

It’s the most popular snack food in France, a culinary craze that is pushing the baguette off the shelf and causing cafe owners to choke on their croque-monsieurs. The humble hamburger is storming the cultural barricades of the Fifth Republic, with sales of almost one billion units last year. That’s half of all the sandwiches sold in France.