Only just noticed this thread. Marks article is tosh, sorry Mark but really. 🙁 How much time have you spent in France to arrive at those opinions?)
I have lived in both countries and quality of life in France is vastly superior. If you live in the south as I do the climate is comparable with Spain. I mention that only because everything else is exceptional.
Spain is a third world country in comparison to France.
It’s like making a comparison between fois gras and soap. 🙂