Chirac is such a twit, denigrating another country because of cuisine. This from a nation that built the Arc de Triumphe so the Germans would have something to march through. What a supercilious nancy boy.
The French daily said Chirac was overheard making a series of jokes at Britain’s expense to Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on the sidelines of a meeting on Sunday in Kaliningrad, Russia. “The only thing they (the English) have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow,” Chirac quipped, according to the paper, prompting laughter from Schroeder and Putin. When asked about Chirac’s reported comments on Monday, French government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope told reporters: ”I have nothing particular to say”. Relations between France and Britain were already at a low point, with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chirac blaming each other for the failure of June talks on the European Union’s long-term budget talks. Blair, who took over the EU presidency last week, has particularly irked Paris with his drive to cut EU farm subsidies that mainly benefit France. Chirac took the opportunity of a receptive audience to snipe at British food. “You can’t trust people who cook as badly as that,” he joked, the paper said. “After Finland, it’s the country with the worst food.”
PARIS - French President Jacques Chirac cracked jokes to Russian and German leaders about bad British food and mad cow disease, Liberation said on Monday, revealing comments that could further strain Anglo-French relations.
He then told Putin and Schroeder how former NATO Secretary General George Robertson, a Scot, had made him try an unappetizing Scottish dish. “That’s where our problems with NATO come from,” he said.
From the Khaleej Times.