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(The Guardian) “I want to thank you for your welcome,” the French president said to the country’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, at the end of a joint press conference in Sydney on Wednesday. “Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome.”
The more charitable among the Australian media present reckoned Macron, who was in Australia for trade and regional security talks before visiting the French territory of New Caledonia, was already thinking of his lunch.
Turnbull had just observed that the president had to rush off for a meal with the French community in Sydney. “Yes, for French gastronomy, for the French winery,” Macron replied, moving on to describe his host’s wife too as “delicious”.
Others said the French president, who prides himself on speaking fluent – though not flawless – English, might have fallen foul of a faux ami, the French term for a word that sounds similar in another language but carries a different meaning.
The French word délicieux, while often employed for the taste of food, would be better translated as “lovely” or “delightful” when used to describe a person.