If you say that one person or thing can't hold a candle to another, you meant that the first person or thing is not nearly as good as the second.
E.g. There is not one rock star today who could hold a candle to any of those composers.
Not even the best seats in the grandstand would hold a candle to the view of the action from here. (The Santa Barbara Independent)
How one would colloquially convey a similar idea in French?