French President Emmanuel Macron calls Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull’s wife ‘delicious’
Sydney: France’s President Emmanuel Macron might have had le vin rouge on his thoughts when he thanked Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his “scrumptious spouse” for his or her heat welcome on his official go to.
Macron and Turnbull had navigated their approach via a number of delicate diplomatic points at a information convention in Sydney on Wednesday, just for the president to make the linguistic slip whereas making closing remarks in English.
He thanked Turnbull and his spouse, Lucy, for being good hosts and acknowledged the positive meals and wine he had loved on his go to, earlier than exclaiming, “I need to thanks in your welcome, you and your scrumptious spouse for the nice and cozy welcome.”
The remark lit up social media, changing dialogue concerning the leaders` deliberations on extra weighty points comparable to China`s rising affect within the area.
However what precisely did Macron attempt to say?
He might have had the phrase “delicieux” in thoughts, which, although sounding just like “scrumptious,” would higher translate into “pretty” or “pleasant.”
Whereas extra usually used to explain a pastry or a meal, the phrase “delicieux” can even describe an individual, even when it’s a considerably old style utilization.
Although Macron speaks higher English than a number of of his predecessors and sometimes speaks the language when overseas, his solely expertise of residing in an English-speaking nation is six months within the French embassy in Nigeria.
It’s not the primary time a stray remark – on this case, unintentional – on a high-profile go to has overshadowed extra official enterprise.
Final yr, U.S. President Donald Trump praised French first woman Brigitte Macron for being in “such fine condition” on a state go to to France.