Video: Thatcher tribute leaves Elysée red-faced
Ben McPartland · 19 Apr 2013, 11:57
Published: 19 Apr 2013 11:57 GMT+02:00
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Not since 1980's British comedy 'Allo 'Allo have we heard someone speak English with such a comical French accent. One web-user who put the video on YouTube joked that it would have France's English teachers in uproar.
When the the French President's office, the Elysée Palace, created an audio version of its official homage to Margaret Thatcher, which was written in English, staff no doubt thought they were doing a good turn for the visually impaired.
However it soon became the subject of much hilarity across social media and news sites in France.
The problem was the robotic voice on the audio version clearly had trouble with her English accent, which made it virtually impossible to understand the tribute.
In the end it appeared more like a comedy sketch than an official homage to the former British PM from the president’s office.
After Twitter users brought the unfortunate recording to the attention of the Elysée, it was soon altered with the French robot being sacked and replaced by an English version.