Wednesday, 19 June, 2019


In gaffe, France's Macron thanks Australian PM and his 'delicious' wife

CRS riot police officials stand next to a damaged Mc Donalds resteraunt during a demonstration on the sidelines of a march for the annual May Day workers rally in Paris In gaffe, France's Macron thanks Australian PM and his 'delicious' wife
Bennie Garza | 04 May, 2018, 01:06

French President Emmanuel Macron caused a social media frenzy in Australia on Wednesday after he referred to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife as "delicious" while thanking them for their hospitality.

U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to pull out of the agreement, negotiated in 2015 between Tehran and six world powers, by a May 12 deadline for Washington to renew its support for the deal.

Macron's May 1-3 trip comes hot on the heels of his pomp-filled visit to Washington and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's journey to Normandy for World War I Anzac Day commemorations last month.

While not naming China, Macron said France will increase its influence in the region to ensure "rules-based development".

Macron, during his three-day visit, will also focus on climate change and its impacts on coral reefs - exemplified by die-off along Australia's Great Barrier Reef - Pacific island states, such as Tuvalu, facing sea-level rises.

French President Emmanuel Macron holds a town hall meeting with USA students at George Washington University in Washington, April 25, 2018.

Macron adds: "We shall not be too concerned about it".

DEFENCE - The establishment of an annual Australia-France defence industry symposium, as part of a broader initiative between the two nations.

The pair also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

Macron said in the interview that he wanted to scrap some of the red tape that is seen as a barrier to foreign investment in France, including ending a 30 percent tax on entrepreneurs who want to take their money out of the country, which is known as the "exit tax".

Macron said Trump responded "positively" to his recent suggestion for a new agreement, while he had also "exchanged about that" in the past few days with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Macron, who said in Sydney that the existing deal was "not sufficient", is pushing for worldwide talks on a potential wider accord.

It's not the first time awkward - or plain wrong - words have been used by a political leader.

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