Burger King returned to France last year after shutting 40 units and exiting the market in 1997. Now, the chain aims to take on leader McDonald's and grab 20% of the country's fast-food business, said Jose Cil, president of Burger King's Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The company, which will open its fourth store in France next month, has sealed a joint venture deal with Bertrand Holding Co. and Naxicap Partners to speed expansion in the coming years.

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