Tuesday, July 05, 2005

And this year’s Berlusconi Award for International Diplomacy goes to…

The Telegraph (and everyone else) reports:

Anglo-French tensions heightened last night after Jacques Chirac delivered a series of insults to Britain as London and Paris fought to secure the 2012 Olympic Games and faced fresh disagreement at the G8 summit.

The president, chatting to the German and Russian leaders in a Russian cafe, said: "The only thing [the British] have ever given European farming is mad cow." Then, like generations of French people before him, he also poked fun at British cuisine

You can't trust people who cook as badly as that," he said. "After Finland, it's the country with the worst food."

"But what about hamburgers?" said Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, referring to America.

"Oh no, hamburgers are nothing in comparison," Mr Chirac said.

Mr Putin and Gerhard Schröder, the German chancellor, laughed. Mr Chirac then recalled how George Robertson, the former Nato secretary general and a former defence secretary in Tony Blair's Cabinet, had once made him try an "unappetising" Scottish dish, apparently meaning haggis.

"That's where our problems with Nato come from," he said.

And presumably they continued tucking into their tasty dishes of frogs’ legs, snails, sauerkraut and, in the case of Mr Putin, one middling potato (for which he had queued eight hours in the snow).

British cuisine jokes, as I’ve pointed out before, are as 80's as Skoda jokes.


Peter Burnet said...

Uh, oh. Looks like the dark clouds of Euro-war are on the horizon. I sure hope that red fleet can handle the blue fleet.

Brit said...

First blood to Blighty.

Take that, Chirac!

Peter Burnet said...

Oh, well done. I do hope the Finnish votes swung it and that Tony won't miss this golden opportunity to show grace and magnanimity by offering Chirac the food concessions. Hands across the water and all that.