Macron charms China as he grapples with the Chinese language
A behind-the-scenes video of French President Emmanuel Macron wrestling with the Mandarin pronunciation of his climate change slogan “Make our planet great again” has delighted Chinese social media.
The candid footage shows Macron sneezing and wondering when to breathe as he diligently repeats the phrase after his instructor, while a woman touches up his make-up and two bemused men in military garb look on.
Macron was able to show off his new skills in a keynote speech on the future of Sino-French relations during a stop on Monday in the northern city of Xian, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.
But it was the video of him learning the Chinese version of the expression – a tongue-in-cheek jab at US President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great” campaign slogan – that endeared him to Chinese social media users.
“Rang,” Macron says in the clip that was posted on Twitter late Monday.
“It’s like ‘Jean’, then,” he says, referring to a French first name that sounds like the pronunciation of the Chinese word “rang”.
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