With news that McDonald’s has tainted the hallowed ground of the Louvre, France is in uproar . McDonalds recently confirmed that its 1,142nd French franchise will open next month in the underground approach to the art museum. In the past, the French refused permission to put a McDonald’s under the Eiffel Tower. Other nations have resisted the powerful golden arches as well. Italian designer Valentino led a charge to stop McDonald’s setting up beside Rome’s Spanish Steps (though there are now two branches within 150m). In addition to McDonalds, other American franchises have been opening up in tourist hotspots all over the world. After 580 years and 24 emperors, Beijing’s Forbidden City got its first franchise in 2000 – a Starbucks.
The shop’s sign was taken down in 2005 after complaints but it took half a million petition signatures before the franchise was removed in 2007. Still, this hasn’t kept Starbucks away from China. In 2005, Starbucks breached the Great Wall, setting up shop at the popular Badaling section. And if you’re visiting the Great Pyramid of Egypt, don’t worry about getting hungry. There’s a Pizza Hut on top of a KFC, and the pyramid can be seen through the restaurant’s window. What do you think?