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Hollande mocked for bad English in Obama letter

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10:18 CET+01:00
A letter from President François Hollande congratulating newly re-elected President Barack Obama has been mocked on the web due to an unfortunate English faux-pas.

The letter from the Elysée Palace, written in French, is signed “Friendly, Francois Hollande”, a mistranslation of the French sign off “amicalement”.

The official Elysée Twitter account published a photo of the letter, where the mistake was soon picked up by eagle-eyed tweeters and mocked.

One tweeter said: “The Queen of England should give English lessons to Francois Hollande. It would be very “friendly” of her."

Another tweeted, along with a famous photo of Barack Obama laughing: “What Obama will look like when he reads Hollande’s letter.”

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This is not the first time a French president has been mocked for making a linguistic mistake when communicating with an American politician.

Back in January 2010, Nicolas Sarkozy famously said to Hillary Clinton, while stood in the rain, “sorry for the bad time” - a mistranslation of the French "temps", for weather.

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