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PARIS — As if President Francois Hollande of France did not have enough trouble with a stagnant economy and a scandal over his former budget minister’s secret overseas bank accounts, now his camel has been eaten.
Grateful Malian authorities gave the baby camel to Hollande during a triumphant visit to Mali in early February, after French troops intervened to drive back Islamist rebels who had seized the north of the country.
The French president, who was traveling with his defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, joked then that he could use the camel in Paris to get around traffic jams. But the animal screeched constantly and did not seem to enjoy the president’s attempt to pat it on the head. In the end, Hollande left his baby camel in the care of a family in Timbuktu.
与总统同行的法国国防部长Jean-Yves Le Drian开玩笑说他以后可以坐骆驼避开巴黎的交通堵塞。但这只骆驼似乎并不享受总统对它脑袋的轻拍，一直尖叫不断。最终，奥朗得把骆驼宝宝交给通布图的一户人家照看。
The family, evidently misunderstanding the purpose of the custody arrangement, proceeded to slaughter the camel and feast on it. According to local reports, it was fashioned into a tasty tagine.
As soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel
Embarrassed Malian authorities said Tuesday that they would give Hollande a replacement camel, and that this time they would deliver it to him in France.
“As soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel,” an official in Timbuktu told the Reuters news agency. “We are ashamed of what happened to the camel,” said the official, who asked Reuters not to identify him because he was not authorized to speak to the media. “The new camel will be sent to Paris. It was a present that did not deserve this fate.”
Le Drian, the defense minister, was in charge of giving Hollande regular updates on the camel’s status and had to inform him of its piquant end last week, according to the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles.
据法国杂志Valeurs Actuelles说，国防部长Le Drian负责为奥朗得的骆驼定期支付费用，并在上周得知骆驼死的很痛快。（没有遭受太多折腾。）
“The news came in from soldiers on the ground,” a French government official said.