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McDonald's contract with London Olympics guarantees a french fry monopoly


McDonald's french fries sit under a heat lamp at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011, in San Francisco, California.


Justin Sullivan

The London Olympics athletic competitions haven't started yet, but the corporate competition has already begun--and America is winning. McDonald's is the only restaurant allowed to sell french fries at the London Olympics, the Guardian reported. In a deal with the International Olympic Committee, McDonald's has the sole rights to sell french fries to Olympics spectators.

But what about Fish 'n' Chips, a.k.a french fries and fried fish, a staple of the British diet? That's still okay. McDonald's, apparently feeling a little generous, has decided to allow other caterers at the event to sell french fries, but the fries must be accompanied with fish. No one besides McDonald's can sell fries by themselves, the Guardian said.

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"The only loophole to this is if it is served with fish," an internal memo says, according a picture posted on The Daily Telegraph

McDonald's doesn't exactly need to monopolize french fries in order to stay in business. The restaurant is already the official restaurant sponsor of the London Olympics, USA Today reported. And the chain is currently working on its largest store ever in London. The chain is also expected to provide 10 percent of the meals at the games--unless the people fight back with a french fry boycott.