French President Macron thanks Aussie PM and his 'delicious' wife
SYDNEY - English may be a tough language for non-native speakers, and French President Emmanuel Macron was lost in translation while choosing the right word to describe the Australian prime minister’s spouse.
“I want to thank you for your welcome, thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome,” the French president said, oblivious of the gaffe which immediately set social media ablaze.
"I want to thank you for your welcome, you and your delicious wife for the warm welcome." - French President @EmmanuelMacron has had an unfortunate slip of the tongue at a press conference with @TurnbullMalcolm. #auspol #7News pic.twitter.com/UEOICUfTHL— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) May 2, 2018
The comment quickly sparked some lighthearted reaction on social media and in the Australian press amid lively conjecture about the French leader’s intent.
"thank you and your delicious wife" - Macron pic.twitter.com/4v3lCHOsH1— Jason Corona (@JaseCutler) May 2, 2018
There were those, however, who tried to explain that it was a false friend for any French speaker, as “délicieuse” in French means “delightful”:
Macron seems unaware that you can't really use the word "delicious" in English exactly the same way as "délicieuse" in French.— Lermont (@Lermont) May 2, 2018
Quite obviously, he only meant that her hospitality was very pleasant.
Oh well, at least that gives us something to smile about...☺️
LOL - in french calling someone"délicieux" means they are delightful - he finds her charming— Laura Walker ⚖🍸🇺🇸 🏴 (@LauraWalkerKC) May 2, 2018
A clear case of “lost in translation” right here, “délicieuse” can be used in French to describe a charming person and Macron misused the word probably assuming it meant the same in English, us multilinguals do this all the time 😂— Dazzalenko (@nirunaveenda) May 2, 2018
Many defended the president, who apparently, slipped up in his use of English, stressing that very few leaders speak several languages.
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