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McDonald's Introduces Version Of France's Favorite Sandwich - But No Fries?



PARIS - Some might say that McDonald’s in France is getting just a wee bit too, well, French.

A year after introducing various “McBaguette” offerings using the famous French bread, the American fast food chain has just introduced its version of France’s national sandwich: jambon-fromage. If that sounds chic, let us translate: ham-and-cheese.

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If you order one at McDo (as the fast food chain is called in France) together with a beverage, you’ll pay 4.50 euros. But as Ouest France daily reports, for the first time, the menu offering comes without frites. Let us translate again: fries. That is: French fries…Hmmm?

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As fans of Pulp Fiction recall, a French Quarter-Pounder is called "Royal Cheese" (maveric)

Elsewhere around the world, McDonald's has been busy capturing local flavors, including the Churrasco sandwich in Chile and Japan’s Teriyaki burger, and McArabia pita bread delights.

But France, which may surprise you as the world’s No. 2 consumer of McDonald’s, is always looking to keep local tastes satisfied, having launched the McCantal, with the renowned cheese from south-central France, and the Charolais made with famous French Charolais ground beef.

The McBaguette "long-form" hamburger has been a major success, with some 10 million sold last year. Still, that trails the 120 million Big Macs ordered. And if you were in France, how would you ask for one? Un Big Mac, s'il vous plait...

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

The Russian Orthodox Church Has A Kremlin Spy Network — And Now It's Spreading Abroad

The Russian Orthodox Church has long supported Russia’s ongoing war effort in Ukraine. Now, clergy members in other countries are suspected of collaborating with and recruiting for Russian security forces.

Photo of Russian soldiers during mass at an Orthodox church in Moscow.

Russian soldiers during mass at an Orthodox church in Moscow.

Wiktoria Bielaszyn

WARSAW — Several countries have accused members of the Russian Orthodox clergy of collaborating with Russian security services, pushing Kremlin policy inside the church and even recruiting spies from within.

On Sept. 21, Bulgaria deported Russian Archimandrite Vassian, guardian of the Orthodox parish in Sofia, along with two Belarusian priests. In a press release, the Bulgarian national security agency says that clergy were deported because they posed a threat to national security. "The measures were taken due to their actions against the security and interests of the Republic of Bulgaria," Bulgarian authorities wrote in a statement, according to Radio Svoboda.

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These reports were also confirmed by Russia's ambassador to Bulgaria, Eleonora Mitrofanova, who told Russian state news agency TASS that the priests must leave Bulgaria within 24 hours. “After being declared persona non grata, Wassian and the other two clerics were taken home under police supervision to pack up their belongings. Then they will be taken to the border with Serbia" she said.

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