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Just Eat adds Bitcoin payments for 15,000 restaurants in France

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Just Eat, a major British online food order and delivery platform operating across 13 countries, has added cryptocurrency payment support for its France subsidiary.

The company has partnered with the cryptocurrency payment provider Bitpay to allow its users to pay in Bitcoin (BTC). Just Eat users will now be able to order food from across 15,000 restaurants in France by paying in either of these cryptocurrencies, Decrypt first reported on Sept. 7.

Seemingly, the addition of crypto payments comes after the acquisition of Just Eat France by Takeaway.com, which has been accepting Bitcoin payments since 2017 for other platforms it acquired.

The Just Eat France website details the payment process saying its users will have to “create a digital wallet by downloading special software or an app.” Once they have linked it to the Just Eat application, they can choose the Bitcoin payment option upon checkout that will redirect the users to the Bitpay payment portal.

The price of Bitcoin will be calculated depending on its current price on Bitpay and the delivery platform will not charge any transaction fee for the cryptocurrency payments.

If a user cancels an order paid for in Bitcoin, the platform will make a refund of the paid amount in euros in the user’s bank account rather than in BTC. The refund amount will not depend on the real-time price of Bitcoin, according to the website.



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El Salvador to airdrop $30 in Bitcoin to every adult citizen

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The president of El Salvador  has announced the government will airdrop $30 worth of Bitcon (BTC) to every adult citizen of the country.

The announcement was welcomed by Bitcoiners, with influencers speculating El Salvador’s government wil need to purchase the required BTC it intends to distribute adding more than $100 million in buying pressure on markets.

Quickly googled estimates of the adult population of El Salvador varied, with onchain analyst Willy Woo tweeting that Bitcoin’s global user base will grow by 2.5% thanks to the influx of 4.5 million Salvadorians.

Others placed the Salvadoran adult population as high as 6.5 million (which is actually the total population), with Yahoo Finance anchor Zack Guzman using the figure for some rough back of the envelope calculations suggesting that $195 million worth of Bitcoin will be airdropped across the country.

Exact figures are hard to find but Statista shows that in 2019 the population aged 15 and above was 4.72M.

However, crypto Twitter’s euphoria may be be slightly premature, as local publication Prensa Latina notes El Salvador’s citizens will only receive the free Bitcoin after downloading the government-issued cryptocurrency wallet application.

The news was announced during a June 25 press conference, with President Bukele stating the government’s “wallet app will even work anywhere with a cell connection, and you won’t have to have a cell plan for the app.”

President Bukele also stated that the country’s much-celebrated Bitcoin law recognizing BTC as legal currency nationwide will come into effect on September 7.

Related: Opposition poses constitutional challenge to El Salvador’s Bitcoin law

El Salvador’s Bitcoin law was passed roughly two weeks ago. While the move has been praised by the global crypto community, the legislation has faced opposition from a minority political party and the World Bank.