Bilal is mostly depressed though, having being born in Yugoslavia. He shares the eternal depression inherent to all people born in that area. Moore is more ironic, more sardonic in his delivery. He also rejoices in the iconic status of comics, like he was a rockstar. But Bilal on the other hand, he's like drawing people who are either facing their doom or just spiraling down. Even his cities and mechanical drawings look tired and depressed.
I wouldn't know who would be a good equivalent for Moore in France, though. I don't think the French think about the literary aspects of comics as much as american and brits do, for them it's more like a little museum contained within a book.