Quick is poised to become the first foreign fastfood chain operator to open for business in Algeria,  French newspaper La Tribune reports.

The Belgian group is planning to set up around 20 outlets in the North African state from the end of 2005.

Meanwhile, French restaurant chain Flo has just opened its first Hippopotamus grillhouse in the Algerian capital, Algiers, an initial step in setting up a network of 15 franchisee outlets covering the whole of the country and creating 1,200 jobs.

The reports adds that another French restaurant chain, Courte Paille, is also interested in setting up franchises the Algerian market.