Chirac: We're better than the British

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by Ian McCracken, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
    USA
    Club:
    SS Lazio Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    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."
     
  2. biggyv

    biggyv Member

    May 18, 2000
    PGH PA
    So, in other words, Chirac is displaying the sort of blind patriotism that is representative of today's Republican Party. Gotcha.

    I'm not exactly seeing where he mocked Britain.
     
  3. Lillywhite

    Lillywhite New Member

    Jun 3, 2005
    London
    Had Chirac been at the plonk again?
     
  4. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    Sounds like good old fashioned national pride to me...
     
  5. Revolt

    Revolt Member+

    Jun 16, 1999
    Davis, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I love how Chirac drives the reeps crazy.
     
  6. Dyvel

    Dyvel Member+

    Jul 24, 1999
    The dog end of a day gone by
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    The Brits have better beer than the French.
     
  7. Colm

    Colm Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    UK
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    fvck you Chirac :mad:

    we beat you for the Olympics remember that? :D

    oh Chirac is a conservative and Blair is a liberal :)
     
  8. Nanbawan

    Nanbawan Member

    Jun 11, 2004
    Haute Bretagne
    Club:
    Stade Rennais FC
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    To put things in context, you have to know that there's a media frenzy in France about how France is screwed (media redactions as business leaders were overwhelmingly for the yes), how Great-Britain is trendy and all.

    You don't really expect him to say on his Bastille Day official meeting with the Press or other I.V. on this occasion : "France is utter crap, I screwed everything, next time vote Blair, Vive le libéralisme !"

    And I do remember Blair saying Britain is best in the world at this, at that, etc...

    My point is, even if I don't particularly crave for our Jack'O, sounds like the anglo-american media like to hold their prey pretty firm...Silly me... :rolleyes:
     
  9. white riot

    white riot Member+

    Apr 27, 2005
    Southampton, England
    Club:
    Southampton FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Jaques should try taking a shite in a French service station.
     
  10. Colm

    Colm Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    UK
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    I think Ian is just ignorant in thinking Chirac is a liberal when he isn't, Blair is more of a liberal than Chirac
     
  11. Nanbawan

    Nanbawan Member

    Jun 11, 2004
    Haute Bretagne
    Club:
    Stade Rennais FC
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    Here we go...Have some fun :rolleyes:
     
  12. SgtSchultz

    SgtSchultz Member

    Jul 11, 2001
    Parts Unknown
    I love how the reeps drive the French crazy.....touche
     
  13. Mel Brennan

    Mel Brennan PLANITARCHIS' BANE

    Paris Saint Germain
    United States
    Apr 8, 2002
    Baltimore
    Club:
    Paris Saint Germain FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What would the article look like if the title sprung from the actual quote:

    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...

    Chirac holds Brits in esteem, doesn't envy/want to copy them]

    ...would THAT have been the headline...

    But wait...if that had been the headline, we all might have said "That's not ********ing news! That's a waste of ********ing TIME!"

    Right. Exactly.
     
  14. dmar

    dmar Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Madrid, Spain
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Am I the only one who thinks this is a silly think to make a thread of? I mean, every country usually thinks they are the best... hell, I do, I'm entitled to my dose of nationalism.
     
  15. speedcake

    speedcake Member

    Dec 2, 1999
    Tampa
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I gotta say, Mel has a point. If we are going to have standards in this forum, whatever they may be, it should go for everyone. Not a select few. This thread needs to be binned.

    No point at all.
    Obvious attempt at trolling, however pathetic the attempt may be.
    Bin it.
     
  16. Mel Brennan

    Mel Brennan PLANITARCHIS' BANE

    Paris Saint Germain
    United States
    Apr 8, 2002
    Baltimore
    Club:
    Paris Saint Germain FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    Oh, I don't want the thread binned. I want the "journalism" exposed. Ian's already been exposed, his thinking discredited. But the so-called "reporting," the so-called "news"... that's the standard we ought to be interrogating, everyday.
     
  17. MikeLastort2

    MikeLastort2 Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Takoma Park, MD
    True, but the French have better wine than the Brits.
     
  18. russ

    russ Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Canton,NY
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So the tie-breaker is cheese.

    Who has better cheese?
     
  19. MikeLastort2

    MikeLastort2 Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Takoma Park, MD
    Hmm, I think that's probably a draw.

    English cheeses vs. French cheeses.
     
  20. speedcake

    speedcake Member

    Dec 2, 1999
    Tampa
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hmm...I see.


    I still say bin the thread.
     
  21. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
    USA
    Club:
    SS Lazio Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Well, had you bothered to click on the link, you'd have seen that the title for this thread is EXACTLY the title from the website.
     
  22. Nanbawan

    Nanbawan Member

    Jun 11, 2004
    Haute Bretagne
    Club:
    Stade Rennais FC
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    Hence Mel has a valid point concerning journalism standards...

    I can't wait for the next : CHIRAC reportedly SAYS HE DOES NOT LIKE CHEDDAR while in his bedroom.

    :rolleyes:

    Plus, do not forget the supreme form of info, this scrolling days and days on the bottom news bar...
     
  23. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
    USA
    Club:
    SS Lazio Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    My bad. I thought Mel was implying I created a title that did not fit the story. I see now that he's referring to the original title from the article website. When I'm wrong, I say it.
     
  24. russ

    russ Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Canton,NY
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Damnit,now I'm hungry,and I have a three o'clock wedding and reception to go to. :)
     
  25. Nanbawan

    Nanbawan Member

    Jun 11, 2004
    Haute Bretagne
    Club:
    Stade Rennais FC
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    Gooood boy ! :p ;)
     

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