Weather permitting, Mr Chirac will feast his eyes on the matchless beauties of Jubilee Line work, the emerging Millennium Dome, and other features of Britain's biggest building-site. They beat blockade lines of juggernauts any day. Rupert Cornwell
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Tony Blair's desire to project the brash new Britain knows no bounds - as Jacques Chirac will discover on Friday. This week's Franco- British summit will not be held at fuddy-duddy old Downing Street, or that heritage theme-park of Chequers. No, it's the booming Docklands for the French president, the 38th floor of the 800-ft Canary Wharf tower, no less.