McDonald’s file $20m lawsuit against Florence for blocking piazza outlet

Published on : Tuesday, November 8, 2016

florence-piazzaThe famous fast-food chain McDonald’s has decided to take legal action against Florence for not letting the chain to open an outlet in the Piazza del Duomo. The US fast-food chain has filed a lawsuit of $20m against the ancient city.



McDonald’s has revealed on 7th November that it is claiming €17.8 m from the city of Florence for rejecting the application of the food chain to open the outlet in Piazza del Duomo.



It has been found that the lawsuit has been filed with the administrative court in Italy.



The application, submitted by McDonald’s, has been turned down in June’16 by Dario Nardella, the centre-left mayor of Florence. In the following month, the decision has been confirmed by one of the technical panels of the city.



According to Nardella, McDonald’s has the right to submit an application because this is permitted under the law, but they also have the right to say no in order to support the ‘traditional business’ in the area.



The Piazza del Duomo or the Cathedral Square provides the travellers a chance to witness the Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Domed Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, St John Baptistery and the Giotto bell tower are few of the attractions in the piazza.



McDonald’s has been planning to open a branch in one of the piazza near the Saint Peter’s Square, which has angered some of the cardinals.



According to Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, the entire scheme is by no means respectful of the architectural traditions of one of the most characteristic squares, which look on to the colonnade of Saint Peters.

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