French President Macron called Australian Prime Minister's wife 'delicious' during a speech

  • 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."

People on social media immediately took notice and started asking questions:

Australia-based Associated Press reporter, Jamie McKinnell, shed light on what could have been an innocent translation gaffe:

"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, defense, and shared goals. He is the second sitting French president to make an official visit to the country.

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