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Where did the concept of franchising come from?

The term "franchise" was first used in France in the Middle Ages and referred to the exemption of customs duties and taxes as well as feudal lords partially relinquishing the vassal services of their subjects. Later, under this term, craftsmen and tradesmen acquired the rights to hold markets or trade fairs on the land of the feudal lords. In the 17th and 18th century the meaning changed to describe privileges which the state granted to individual people. In the middle of the 19th century the term "franchising" was finally used to describe the right to commercially use the rights of third parties.

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