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McDonald’s Facing Antitrust Complaints in Europe

Hamburger McDonald's Restaurant in Paris


French, German and Italian groups urged their national antitrust enforcers on Tuesday to look into alleged anti-competitive practices by McDonald’s , potentially putting the U.S. fast-food chain on course for multiple investigations in Europe.

The three complaints share similar concerns about McDonald’s franchising terms and conditions, including prices set for products sold at franchises, saying consumers are charged more than at McDonald’s own stores as a result.

With more than 80 percent of its outlets worldwide not company-owned, franchising is an important business model for the company.

The French competition authority confirmed it had received a complaint but declined further comment.

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Feature image: By Eric Chan (Flickr: Hamburger Restaurant) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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