McDonald's France has been sent a bill for alleged unpaid taxes, as part of a crackdown by French authorities on multinational companies that shift their profits abroad.
According to people familiar with the case, the French finance ministry has taken issue with the amount of money McDonald's France paid to a Luxembourg-based affiliate for services — including its use of the fast-food restaurant brand name — which helped to reduce McDonald's taxable profits in the country.
McDonald's France declined to comment on reports of the bill, which some media reports have suggested could be as high as €300 million — including €100 million in fines.
Instead, the company said in statement: "McDonald's is one of the biggest taxpayers in France and we are proud of it." It added that McDonald's and its franchises had paid €1.2 billion in taxes since 2009, invested €1 billion and created more than 15,000 jobs in France.
France's finance ministry declined to comment on the matter, pointing out that it was governed by tax secrecy rules.