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The Arc de Triomphe is visible behind a McDonald's restaurant on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. The nation is now McDonald's second-biggest market, but one historic neighborhood known as "the belly of Paris" has pledged to keep it out. Alastair Miller/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Under a new global structure, McDonald's is grouping markets in Germany where a new McDonald's Flagship Restaurant opened in March, with other high-performing countries such as Australia and Canada. Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images hide caption

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McDonald's says that same-store sales in its U.S. locations dropped nearly 5 percent in November, continuing a downward trend. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Customers order food from a McDonald's restaurant in Des Plaines, Ill. The company has promised to start buying "verified sustainable beef" in 2016. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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