The last time I saw Paris
Her heart was warm and gay
I heard the laughter of her heart in
Ev'ry street cafe.
-- OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Will the time come when an American songwriter, seeking to capture the essence of France, pens a lyrical ode to Le Burger King or McDonald's? Will the Hemingways, the Sartres and the Picassos of the next century debate ideas while dining out on le hamburger and le Coca-Cola? The scenario is hardly farfetched. For on the street corners of Paris, and in provincial cities from Lille to Lourdes, le fast food is muscling out...