(Chirac on american food) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/449715.stm French President Jacques Chirac has given verbal support to farmers who wrecked a new McDonald's hamburger restaurant being built in south-west France. "It would be in nobody's interests to allow one single power, albeit a respectable and friendly one, to rule undivided over the planet's food markets." **************** (Chirac on british food) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4651109.stm Jacques Chirac joked with German and Russian leaders: "One cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad." Mr Chirac's comments were reported in French newspaper Liberation after several journalists overheard his jokes with Gerhard Schroeder and Vladimir Putin. The remark was reportedly made to the Russian and German leaders "The only thing they have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease," Mr Chirac said, according to the newspaper's report. "After Finland, it is the country with the worst food." ************ (Chirac on the english language)) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3734512.stm Outburst in Vietnam But at no point was the press more surprised with Mr Chirac than on 8 October, in Hanoi, when he attended a question-and-answer session with Vietnamese students. "Hoping to convince his audience of the need to defend their cultural uniqueness, Jacques Chirac gave in to his little weakness: lambasting US omnipotence," commented Le Figaro. Chirac in Shanghai: "France is a natural partner for China" Mr Chirac "delivered a diatribe against the United States, which he accused outright of wanting to impose 'an overall sub-culture throughout the world'", wrote Liberation. The papers seemed bemused and unimpressed by Mr Chirac's pronouncements on American cultural hegemony. The centre-right daily Le Monde described the event as "one generality after another, in a stiff atmosphere". "Was Jacques Chirac really awake?" the paper asked, noting his fumbling with cue-cards and that at one point he "comes close to overheating and casts his cue-cards to the wind - not necessarily a great idea". Franco-US tensions Mr Chirac had two main points. The first was to defend cultural diversity against domination by any one language, and thus promote French. "French is a useful language in economic terms," Liberation quoted him as saying. "Nothing would be worse for humanity than if there were only one language. That would narrow down thought," he said. The second point was that all cultural media - cinema, books, the arts - were threatened. "There is a tendency towards a prevailing Anglo-Saxon culture which eclipses the others. If we accepted our American friends' ideas, there would quite quickly be only one form of cultural expression, and all the others would be stifled to the sole benefit of American culture," he said, quoted by Liberation. Le Figaro was sceptical of Mr Chirac defence of subsidies for cultural exports - a source of friction with the United States in the World Trade Organisation. He warned his Vietnamese audience that without special subsidies and help "you would only have American films on your screens". ************* Why is france so jealous of our food, and language. Scared of mcdonalds? Is the french identity in this world so weak, in this world, that they need constantly to attack the UK & America all the time, just to draw attention to there pathetic country. Have you ever been in a french restaurant, you get 99% vegetables, and a meat portion the size of a pea, and then all its drowned in a bottle of salad dressing, to disguise the taste, and then you get the bill between 100 to 200 dollars for this feast.