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By Noah Barkin PARIS (Reuters) - The populist tsunami that slammed into Britain last year, before sweeping across the Atlantic to the United States, may have faded on the shores of France on Sunday. Despite a strong performance from far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of France's presidential election, the bigger news was the success of Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist who rode to victory with a counter-intuitive campaign that embraced globalization, immigration and the European Union. The polls suggest Macron will beat Le Pen soundly in the second round runoff on May 7.
|McDonald's braces for the apocalypse with chic new uniforms - |
Hey — if the world's going to end, McDonald's at least wants its employees to look good. The fast food chain has officially chosen some dark, dismal, soul sucking new employee uniforms that really just scream: "Ba da ba ba bah, we're doomed!" SEE ALSO: Instagram bait: Why Starbucks put a unicorn meme on its menu According to a press release, McDonald's is collaborating with designers Waraire Boswell and Bindu Rivas to develop the new collections, which are set to appear behind counters in the U.S. in April. The new, more modern uniforms are grey and black and were reportedly created based on feedback from employees and customers. "Our new collections focus on comfort, fit, functionality and contemporary professionalism, delivering a uniform that crew and managers will feel comfortable to work in and proud to wear," McDonald’s Senior Director of HR, Jez Langhorn, said in the release. Image: mcdonald's Image: mcdonald'sOkay, cool. But in all honesty, what with the recent political chaos and the word "dystopia" inspiring timely book clubs, McDonald's probably decided it was time to switch things up, stifle its stale, happy go lucky yellow, red, and white color scheme, and make an effort to fit in. So far, it seems as though customers aren't exactly lovin' it, and instead, many people are trolling the burger joint's dark denim aprons with glorious memes. Meanwhile at new @McDonalds uniform showcase pic.twitter.com/scvDZzE1cd — Charles FLEXavier (@BIGGSEXXXY77) April 22, 2017 What do you think of the new McDonalds uniforms, designed by the resident Death Star uniform person pic.twitter.com/fnyQzLquAy — Anthony (@Ant_DC) April 22, 2017 The new uniform for #McDonalds - serving storm troopers on a Death Star in a Galaxy far far away. pic.twitter.com/UJ3QuRRSbG — Max Willson (@max_willson95) April 22, 2017 The new McDonalds uniform looks like people tryna lure customers into buying& keeping them hostage soon after they are done purchasing — SumbulNadeem (@SumbulxNadeem) April 22, 2017 New McDonald's uniform looks like the Empire won.Now when you wanna get a meal there you'll have to start with your First Order. #mcdonalds pic.twitter.com/swM8G7g5RE — Brad Grandrino (@spookygonzo) April 22, 2017 The new Empire inspired @mcdonalds uniform. A post shared by Ed Galvez (@edgalvez) on Apr 22, 2017 at 4:23pm PDT "As a former McDonald’s crew member myself, I understand the design and functionality needs of the next generation of McDonald’s uniforms, and I was personally inspired to design a look and feel that gives restaurant employees a greater level of confidence," Boswell said. Updating the restaurant's uniforms is reportedly just one way McDonald’s plans to increase focus on employees. What's next? Personalized light-sabers? WATCH: Snack and game worry-free with this handy desktop mop
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