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Fast food dethrones traditional French cuisine

(The Local) A report released in France has dealt a severe blow to the country’s renowned gastronomy by revealing sales of hamburgers, pizzas, hotdogs and other fast food grub have surpassed those of traditional restaurant dishes for the first time

“In the land of gastronomy, fast food has become the king,” wrote French magazine Le Point this week, summing up a rather surprising change in French culture that was confirmed by a new report this week.

In 2012 sales at fast food outlets in France totaled a whopping €34 billion, outperforming the country’s traditional sit-down restaurants with table service for the first time.