Got to be careful here have a lot of French mates even if one w'ont let me forget Aboukir Bay which he still keeps muttering about us both being ex grey funnel. Apart from that there is lots to like about France, for goodness sake for quite a long while we owned a large chunk of it anyway.
Done and dusted now, but I have to admit I like the one about the grenade in the kitchen...Blownapart Linolium.
The Times: Defeat sends Chirac's stock to a record low From Charles Bremner in Paris
“JACQUES CHIRAC should never have gone to Singapore. He is a jinx. Everything he touches turns to dust.”
Those words came from an official in the Paris camp yesterday as the French President was flying across the world to face his British nemesis at the bleakest moment in his ten-year presidency.
Members of the committee led by Bertrand Delanoë, the Socialist Mayor of Paris, had argued against M Chirac’s whistle-stop visit to the IOC because the discredited President is infected with “la scoumoune” — rotten luck. For the third time since 1986, the 72-year-old President has bid for the Olympics and failed. But this time was by far the worst because the competition had become a bitter duel with Tony Blair.
For M Chirac, winning 2012 was to be another of those miracle escapes that have studded his three-decade career at the top of French politics. In one bound, he would wrench France from gloom and arrive triumphant at the G8 summit in Gleneagles to deflate the younger Prime Minister who keeps upstaging him. Instead, M Chirac now adds Olympic defeat at the hands of the English to the list of woes that have sapped his authority at home and abroad, making him look like a King Lear ruling over a country that fears for its future.
The lofty statesman who won record popularity by lecturing the world in 2003 on the evils of the Iraq war has been replaced by the image of a deeply unpopular, bungling politician who is eking out his 22 months to retirement.......
I've never liked Chirac; even back in his mayoral days in Paris, I found him unpleasant. BUT, he is an elected politician and one day he will step down from the post without calling his supporters into the streets to riot and to bomb.
The stuff about food and the Olympics was fun and I was as glad as anyone to see Jacques end up with the wrong end of the stick. But when push comes to shove, I'd take Chirac any day over the barstewards that attacked London today.
The great thing about democracy is we can slag off Blair, Bush, Chirac et al (and they deserve it). But let's remember that they are a darn sight better than the alternative.