The Riviera will live with one less McDonald's

14th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, Feb 14, 2006 (AFP) - A French court on Tuesday ordered the demolition of a McDonald's restaurant on the Riviera beachfront, after ruling that it was built illegally on public land.

NICE, France, Feb 14, 2006 (AFP) - A French court on Tuesday ordered the demolition of a McDonald's restaurant on the Riviera beachfront, after ruling that it was built illegally on public land.

Ruling that McDonald's France had built on the public seafront in the resort of Cagnes-sur-Mer without a proper permit, the court in Nice told it to "dismantle and remove the whole of the unauthorised infrastructures."

McDonald's was given two months to comply with the ruling, after which it would face a 5,000-euro per day fine.

The case was brought to court after a neighbouring shopowner claimed that the fast-food outlet had been built without a permit.

The managers of the restaurant, which opened in 1996 and employs between 40 and 60 people, have insisted they held the necessary building permit.

McDonald's France has yet to decide whether to appeal the decision, according to its lawyer.

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Subject: French news

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