I post this for my liberal friends who get all snippy whenever a joke about France is made. We're better than the British, says Chirac By Henry Samuel in Paris President Jacques Chirac celebrated Bastille Day yesterday by insisting that France had no need to "envy or copy" Britain. Whether the point of comparison was food, health, education or science, France was in far better shape than its old rival, he said. President Jacques Chirac, surrounded by Republican Guards, waves to the crowds lining the Champs Elysées Mr Chirac, embattled by a run of crushing defeats and record low ratings in the polls, had clearly decided that the best form of defence was attack. "I have a lot of esteem for the British people and for Tony Blair," he said. "But I do not believe that the British social model is a model that we should copy or envy."