The French Government is a lot more fun than ours!
Glamorous French politician Rachida Dati has been forced to issue a public apology after confusing oral sex with inflation.
The 44-year-old former justice minister and MEP is frequently nicknamed ‘Rachida Barbie’ because of her poor understanding of complicated political issues.
But nobody expected her extraordinary mistake on the national Europe 1 radio station on Sunday.
Asked about overseas investment funds profiteering during a period of economic uncertainty, she said: ‘I see some of them looking for returns of 20 or 25 per cent, at a time when fellatio is almost non-existent.’
In French, fellatio – a sex act performed on a man – is ‘fellation’, which sounds a bit like inflation, which is the same word in French and English.
Apologising for the hugely embarrassing slip on her Facebook site, Miss Dati said: ‘This kind of thing happens if you speak too quickly on this kind of programme.’
The single mother of one added : ‘It is unfortunate that this is the only political message that has been received on such a serious subject.’
Miss Dati was fired from President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government last year because of her inability to do her job properly, and her frivolous nature.
She frequently appeared on the cover of magazines in designer dresses and stirred up speculation about the mystery father of her baby daughter to the extent that some still think it might be Mr Sarkozy himself.
Miss Dati was a love rival of Mr Sarkozy’s third wife, Carla Bruni, for many months as both battled for a place in the Elysee Palace bed chamber.
A new book claims that Miss Bruni received police and security services file in March – including phone call listings and text messages – showing that Miss Dati and Sophie Douzal, the President’s ex-sister-in-law, then spread unkind rumours about the First Lady’s love life.
Miss Dati was prepared to ‘stop at nothing to return to’ Mr Sarkozy’s government, according to ‘Carla and the Ambitious’ by journalists Michael Darmon and Yves Derai.
As a result, she and her fellow plotter ‘hatched a plan more fitting of the tradition of salon scheming than of a modern political fight’, says the book.
According to another biography Miss Bruni once pointed to the presidential bed and hissed at Miss Dati: ‘You’d have loved to have been in there, wouldn’t you?’
When Miss Dait was effectively banished by Mr Sarkozy to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where she remains an MEP, she was said to be in floods of tears.