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Marseille citizens protest to keep a McDonald's branch from closing

A member of a residents’ association said that McDonald’s is a “centre of community life”.

Residents of Saint-Barthélémy, Marseille in France is trying to stop an outlet of McDonald’s from closing as it has provided them jobs and is also their “centre of community life”.

In a report by The Telegraph, the campaign is said to be joined by the city’s mayor, Jean-Claude Gaudin, and senator Samia Ghali.

“There’s nothing left in areas like this and McDonald’s is a centre of community life, a place where families can sit down and relax with their kids,” Salim Grabsi, a residents’ association, said.

The outlet in Saint-Barthélémy employs 77 people. The said neighborhood reportedly has a 30% unemployment rate.

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