Twitter in meltdown over French President’s ‘delicious’ faux pas

Allison Yee
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

The French are known for being incredibly charming, but French President Emmanuel Macron has sent the Twitterverse into meltdown after thanking the Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy for their welcome during his tour Down Under.

After arriving in Sydney yesterday, the French President faced the Aussie media at a press conference, answering questions in English and his native tongue.

Emmanuel had social media in overdrive after a press conference saw him calling Malcolm Turnbull’s wife Lucy ‘delicious’. Photo: Getty
Pictured outside the Opera House with Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull, President has been taking in the sights since he arrived yesterday. Photo: Getty

But a seemingly innocent remark thanking his hosts has quickly gone viral after Macron described Lucy Turnbull in a way most of us have never thought about her.

It’s not the first time the foursome have met, with Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull visiting Emmanuel and his wife Brigitte in Paris last year. Photo: Getty

“I want to thank you for your welcome, you and your delicious wife for the warm welcome,” he said in English.

“Thanks to you and Lucy, thanks to you very much, Mr Prime Minister.”

Twitter quickly went into meltdown over the President’s comment, with some swooning at what they thought was his adorably French turn of phrase.

Others blamed a translation bungle for Emmanuel’s comment.

Despite this, Sydney-based translator Ian Davies claims its unlikely Macron made a straight translation mistake as a French person would never use the word délicieux to describe a person.

“Presumably he meant she was delightful,” Ian told Reuters. “You say délicieux about a patisserie not a person.”

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