McDonald's is suing an Italian food critic for £15.3m after he described its fries as "obscene and tasting of paper".

Edoardo Raspelli told a hearing in Milan: "I was only saying what I thought of fast food and that I find it repulsive."

Alessandro Facchino, acting for McDonald's, said: "What he said harmed my client's reputation and the claims are completely false.

"The fries that are said to taste of paper are thrown away within five minutes of being cooked if they have not been served and the oil is changed regularly."