Sex-pest' skunk? Macron laughs off cartoon character mock-up in Aussie paper
Macron made the tongue-twisting fumble at the end of an official visit Down Under. While speaking alongside Turnbull, Macron took the opportunity to thank the PM and his wife for their hospitality.
Speaking in English, the president said: “I wanted to thank you for your welcome. Thank you and your delicious wife.” In his defense, it appears likely Macron probably meant to say “delightful.” The French word “delicieux” can mean both delicious and delightful, but that didn’t stop worldwide jokes at Macron’s expense.
Macron thanks Australian PM and his 'delicious wife' pic.twitter.com/35CleeEuMS— Ruptly (@Ruptly) May 3, 2018
Lost in translation: Emmanuel Macron called Australian prime minister's wife “delicious” during his last visit to Sydney. pic.twitter.com/GSV7fi8ZZR— MODUL MEDIA (@ModulMedia) May 3, 2018
Naturally media outlets the world over had a field day, none more so than the Australian Daily Telegraph. It ran a front page article about the encounter, the image for which shows Macron as the notoriously love-struck French cartoon character skunk, Pepe le Pew.
“Emmanuel Macron has whispered in the ears of first ladies all over the world, charmed leaders with French charisma and even managed to sweet-talk Donald Trump,” the front page reads. “Yesterday it was Sydney’s turn as the handsy French president did his best impersonation of lovelorn cartoon skunk Pepe le Pew.”
.@EmmanuelMacron, visiblement très amusé par la une du @dailytelegraph où sa tête a été remplacée par celle de "Pepé le Pew", personnage des Looney Tunes (Instagram @soazigdlm) #MacronSydneypic.twitter.com/347Ba6Jl11— Boris Kharlamoff (@BorisKharlamoff) May 2, 2018
And while many Australian Twitter users took offense at the delicious remark, Mrs Turnbull was rather enamoured with the 40-year-old head of state. “Lucy was very flattered,” Turnbull told reporters. “She’s asked me to say that she found the president’s compliment as charming, as it was memorable.”
🇫🇷 Dans un hotel Sofitel de Sydney, Emmanuel Macron rit en découvrant la Une du Daily Telegraph local qui le montre en Pepé le Pew, Pépé le Putois (photo Soazig de la Moissonnière) https://t.co/Scli8xgHqVpic.twitter.com/GGi8tx16Zu— Gilles Klein (@GillesKLEIN) May 3, 2018