- French President Emmanuel Macron gave thanks to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a speech on Wednesday.
- Macron appeared to call Lucy Turnbull, the prime minister’s wife, “delicious.”
- People on social media took notice of the comment.
When French President Emmanuel Macron gave thanks to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a speech on Wednesday, some considered his sentiment a little too generous.
“I wanted to thank you for your welcome,” Macron said. “Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome.”
— ABC Sydney (@abcsydney) May 2, 2018
People on social media immediately took notice and started asking questions:
Did Macron just say to Turnbull he wanted to thank his "delicious wife"?
— Matthew Doran (@MattDoran91) May 2, 2018
— Nadia Daly (@nadiasdaly) May 2, 2018
“I want to thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome” – French President to Malcolm Turnbull.
Not sure if this was something lost in translation or just something very ~French~ pic.twitter.com/OuzAG82Wwm
— James O'Doherty (@jmodoh) May 2, 2018
Australia-based Associated Press reporter, Jamie McKinnell, shed light on what could have been an innocent translation gaffe:
This might help explain the awkward mistranslation of the French President describing Malcolm Turnbull's wife as "delicious". pic.twitter.com/CTDE7ANunY
— Jamie McKinnell (@jamie86) May 2, 2018
“This might explain the awkward mistranslation of the French President describing Malcolm Turnbull’s wife as delicious,” McKinnell said, attaching a picture of the Google translation for the French word, “délicieux,” which can be interpreted as “delightful” or “lovely” – as well as “delicious,” though it is unlikely Macron meant it in the way that term is traditionally used in English.
Macron arrived in Sydney for a two-day trip, where he and Turnbull discussed trade, defence, and shared goals.
He is the second sitting French president to make an official visit to the country.
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