Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Media accused of pro-protester bias in Ferguson

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment

Read more

FOCUS

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight ALS

Read more

ENCORE!

From Paris's Liberation to 'arresting' art in Avignon

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Ferguson riots: Pressure mounts on Obama

Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Two US Ebola patients leave hospital ‘virus-free’

    Read more

  • Hollande is ‘nobody’s president’ says former French minister

    Read more

  • Turkey’s Erdogan names foreign minister Davutoglu as next PM

    Read more

  • US reaches historic $16.7bn settlement with Bank of America

    Read more

  • Special report: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line

    Read more

  • US forces tried to rescue slain reporter from IS captors

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

  • Brazil’s Silva launches bid after Campos plane crash death

    Read more

France

Hamburgers invade sit-down restaurants in France

© Photo: AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-05

One out of every two sandwiches sold in France last year was a hamburger, but the German-American classic's runaway success has not been attributed to fast-food restaurants.

The hamburger, a food often associated with the unrefined American palate, is taking French restaurants by storm. Around 970 million meat patties on a bun were sold in France in 2013, a figure that represents half of last year's sandwich sales, according to a recent study.

The popularity of hamburgers has been steadily increasing since 2000, but has really exploded during the last few years, according to Gira Conseil, the food marketing research firm that conducted the survey.

“The numbers are impressive,” Gira Conseil’s director Bernard Boutboul told the AFP news agency. “In 2000 one out of every nine sandwiches [sold in France] was a hamburger. In 2007 it had risen to one out of seven sandwiches. In 2013, it's one out of two.”

Surprisingly, the precipitous rise in French hamburger sales – 7.27 million euros worth last year – does not have much to do with the sandwich's omnipresence on the menus at fast-food eateries. The hamburger's popularity has largely been attributed to its increasing appearance on the menus of traditional restaurants.

“Seventy-five percent of all traditional restaurants in France offer at least one hamburger on their menu. They have sold 40 percent more hamburgers in the last two years,” Boutboul noted, adding that in one-third of all the sit-down establishments surveyed, hamburgers had become more popular than steak or fish.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-02-05

  • ON THE BLOGS

    Burger fever taking France by storm

    Read more

  • JAPAN

    Foie gras off the menu for Japanese shoppers

    Read more

  • FRANCE - FOOD

    Let them eat cake: Versailles breaks into fancy foods

    Read more

COMMENT(S)