"Social Fast Food" & The Afterlife Of A Marseille McDonald's : Rough Translation Our favorite McDonald's in Marseille, France has reached its afterlife. It took court cases, spray paint, and the slogan you know turned upside down (literally) to get there.
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Liberté, Égalité, French Fries... And Couscous

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Liberté, Égalité, French Fries... And Couscous

Liberté, Égalité, French Fries... And Couscous

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Kamel Guemari stands in front of the community center housed in a former McDonald's in Marseille. Eleanor Beardsley hide caption

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Eleanor Beardsley

Kamel Guemari stands in front of the community center housed in a former McDonald's in Marseille.

Eleanor Beardsley

Every company has its own corporate culture. Slogans and values that you're expected to learn and live by as an employee — and then probably forget when you clock out at the end of the day.

But what happens when the employees of a company take that corporate philosophy so deeply to heart that it actually gets in the way of business?

In this episode, we revisit an immigrant neighborhood in Marseille, France, where a group of former McDonald's workers have turned a local franchise into a bastion of their community values. Back in 2019, as the future of their restaurant hung in the balance, we followed these workers as they launched a revolution of sorts.

And now, in a year when so many restaurants have closed due to the pandemic, this McDonald's has arrived at an unlikely afterlife.


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