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McDonald’s Accused of Harming Franchisees in Europe

  • Franchisees forced to charge higher prices, complaints say
  • Allegations add to McDonald’s problems on the continent
McDonalds restaurant on the Borgo Pio, near the Vatican, Italy, Jan. 4, 2017.
Photographer: Massimo Percossi/EPA
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McDonald’s Corp. was accused of forcing franchisees in France, Germany and Italy to charge more in their restaurants than the company charges in stores it operates directly. 

Antitrust complaints were filed on Tuesday in those European nations, alleging that McDonald’s abused its market power to harm franchisees and customers, said Indecosa-CGT, a consumer organization affiliated with a French trade union. The group estimated the excessive pricing practices by McDonald’s French franchisees cost consumers an extra 232 million euros ($247.2 million) in 2015.