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May 15, 2012

The new French PM's last name might affect the Franco-Arab relations

May 15, 2012

May 15, 2012

The new French President has named his Prime Minister: Jean-Marc Ayrault. He is fluent in German and quite accustomed with corridors of power in Berlin. But in the Arab world, his appointment has been received with much laughter and many questions. His last name means in Arabic "his penis"; a coincidence that has stirred many questions on whether this would be a problem on his Middle East tour, as the Arabic press has to find ways to cope with his last name. For now, Arabic speaking journalists are having fun discussing it.


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