Hollande makes ‘friendly’ mistake in note to Obama

Updated 10 November 2012
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Hollande makes ‘friendly’ mistake in note to Obama

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande’s attempt to sign a note congratulating Barack Obama for getting re-elected wound up lost in translation — and all over Twitter.
In the great Gallic tradition of murdering the English language, Hollande ended the letter to the US president in his own hand, writing: “Friendly, Francois Hollande.” The mistake was a literal translation of the French “amicalement,” instead of what probably should have been “kind regards.” It went viral on Twitter, overshadowing the rest of the note, which fleetingly touched on topics such as the Middle East and the economy.
According to local media, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was also weak in English. To excuse bad weather in January 2010, Sarkozy told US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “Sorry for the time.”


Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

Updated 21 April 2018
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Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

  • Sting, Tom Jones, Craig David and Kylie Minogue are among singers performing at the queen's birthday celebration at Royal Albert Hall.
  • The queen celebrates two birthdays every year.

London: Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.
Sting, Tom Jones, Craig David and Kylie Minogue are among singers performing at the celebration at Royal Albert Hall, billed as the “Queen’s Birthday Party.”
Prince Harry is expected to speak at Saturday evening’s event, in his new role as president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Special gun salutes are also being staged midday Saturday in central London to mark the occasion.
The queen celebrates two birthdays every year: Her actual birthday on Apr. 21, which she usually marks privately with her family, and her “official birthday” in the summer. That usually falls on the second Saturday in June, when she joins the Trooping the Color military parade in central London.