News that a McDonald's will open just yards from the entrance of the Louvre museum has sent lovers of French culture into conniptions. “This is the pinnacle of exhausting consumerism, deficient gastronomy and very unpleasant odors in the context of a museum,” sniffed one art historian who works at the museum.
Museum officials told the Telegraph that the restaurant will simply represent the American portion of a new food court, and insisted that management “has taken the utmost care in ensuring the quality of the project, both in culinary and aesthetic terms.” To critics, however, such statements merely put lipstick on a pig. The president of the Louvre "just had to say one word to stop the whiff of French fries from wafting past the Mona Lisa's nose,” said culture website Louvre Pour Tous. “He chose otherwise."