Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Burg(h)ers of France

Burger King abandoned France but the French, no matter their reputation, have never retreated from the Whopper.

There are numerous petitions, claiming 30,000 signatures, have demanded Burger King's return. Louis the XVII would have been settled for so much.

Does it help, or does it hurt, to know that the second most prominent burger chain, McDonalds's is massive here, and non-burger-vending KFC is pretty mega too.  Does it confound or confuse or confabulate to know that the biggest burger chain, Quick (prounced Quee-eeek, mon ami) is actually owned by the French govenment?

Meanwhile, burgers here, as purchased raw at the le supermarche, arrive oval-shaped. Don't ask me why — and also don't ask me why, once you cook 'em, they shrink proportionately, or disproportionately, until they're round. It's kind of amazing, and kind of concerning all in the same instant.  I can offer you no answer as to what's up with that, much less what the hell it means.  In any case, an ambitious young Parisian has created what must inevitably be called a Hip-Hopera, an all-singing, all-dancing rejoicing en la rue that explores the devastating departure of Burger King, and then, in the happy tradition of musicals everywhere, serves up as a last-act the triumphant romantic return of the Whopper.  

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