French restaurant owners are urging the government to ban “meal-sharing” websites where gourmets can book dinners cooked at home by amateur chefs, in the latest clash between the country’s tradespeople and new online services.
The system is gaining popularity among tourists who see it as a way to meet locals and enjoy an authentic experience at a French home rather than simply dining at restaurants listed in guidebooks, where many foreigners complain about surly waiters and slow service.
However, restaurateurs view the websites as a threat to their business in the same way that French hoteliers have challenged Airbnb and taxi drivers have protested against Uber. Restaurant owners’ concerns have been heightened by the success of Airbnb, which puts visitors in touch with locals willing to rent accommodation by the night or week as an alternative to hotels.
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Source Credits: David Chazan in The Telegraph UK