French PM Emmanuel Macron Refers to Australian PM's Wife Lucy as 'Delicious'

French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said no country could be allowed to dominate the Indo-Pacific

French President Emmanuel Macron wants France and Australia sitting at the heart of a new Indo-Pacific axis after the two countries signed a raft of deals created to strengthen their ties.

And he didn't forget to mention Lucy Turnbull, the PM's wife, whom he described, in the most accidentally French way one could imagine, as. delicious.

The comment lit up social media, replacing discussion about the leaders' deliberations on more weighty issues such as China's growing influence in the region.

He said the memory of Australian sacrifice in France was "a powerful message at a time when nationalism is looming, entrenched behind its borders and its hostility to the rest of the world". "You say delicieux about a patisserie not a person".

Australia has become concerned about Chinese infrastructure projects in the area, especially reports - denied by Beijing - that China wants establish a permanent military base in Vanuatu.

Australia's Lowy Institute estimates China provided US$1.78 billion (S$2.38 billion) in aid, including concessional loans, to Pacific nations between 2006 and 2016.

USA aircraft targeted with lasers in Djibouti: Pentagon
This year, the US military put countering China, along with Russian Federation , at the center of a new national defense strategy. China formally established its first overseas military base in Djibouti past year , within sight of the U.S.'s military base.

Emmanuel Macron got caught up in a crème brouhaha over a dessert-inspired compliment to the Australian Prime Minister's wife.

"A rule of law that says might is not right, that the big fish can not eat the little fish and the little fish eat the shrimps, that is absolutely critical", he said.

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 was visiting Australia for talks on trade and regional security before heading to the French territory of New Caledonia ahead of its vote on an independence referendum in November. The agreement imposes strict restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in return for the loosening of economic sanctions.

As well as Britain, the French President has his sights set on Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Estonia, with all states expected to sign on the dotted line at a special ceremony in Paris as early as next month.

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