burns down in eastern France
Police are investigating
a suspected arson attack on a McDonald's restaurant under construction
in eastern France.
was destroyed by fire although and nobody was injured.
foul play was behind the fire, which rapidly consumed the single-storey
building in Voreppe, a suburb of Grenoble.
of the restaurant was nearly complete and it's due to open next
month. The fire blew out windows, collapsed the building's roof
and shattered much of its interior.
The fire, which
investigators believe started in the kitchen, came amid a heated
court battle launched by residents opposed to the McDonald's presence.
they objected to the odours and increased traffic expected from
the restaurant's drive-in service. On Wednesday, they won a temporary
court order suspending construction, pending a decision by a higher
restaurants have been similarly unwelcome in France.
activist Jose Bove rose to fame in 1999 when he and nine others
used farm equipment to dismantle a McDonald's branch under construction
in Millau, in the foothills of the Massif Central mountains.
Bove, who served
a 61-day jail term for the action, opposes what he calls "foul
food" _ including genetically modified crops and McDonald's-style
fast food that has become mainstream in France.