French politician makes light of fellatio slip of the tongue

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France's former justice minister Rachida Dati explained Monday that she was simply speaking too fast when, in a slip of the tongue that became an Internet hit, she confused fellatio with inflation.

"I just spoke too quickly but, well, if that lets everybody have a laugh, then that's fine," she said in a radio interview, while herself laughing heartily at the mistake she made a day earlier on Canal Plus television.

She had confused oral sex with rising prices as she launched an attack on foreign investment funds.

"When I see some of them looking for returns of 20 or 25 percent, at a time when fellatio is close to zero, and in particular in a slump, that means we are destroying businesses," she told Canal Plus in a midday interview.

French website posted the clip and said by early evening it had been viewed 120,000 times. It was then posted on various other video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Daily Motion.

The French for fellatio is "fellation", which shares some syllables with inflation, which in French is the same as in English.

Dati was dropped from the French government last year after her penchant for designer dresses and appearing on the covers of celebrity magazines prompted criticism that a senior minister should not engage in such frivolity.

She is now a member of the European parliament and mayor of Paris's posh 7th arrondissement.

© 2010 AFP

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