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Notre-Dame burns–giving Pete Buttigieg a chance to show off his French and display what an international sophisto he is

April 16, 2019
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The devastating fire at the 850-year-old Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral was heart-breaker for most of the world–and a video-op for South Bend, Indiana, mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg, a man of seven languages, got a chance to show off his French, display his  international sophistication as a citoyen du monde, and contrast himself pointedly to his potential GOP rival, the bumptious, mostly monolingual, and definitely America-centric Donald Trump.

Here’s the Newsweek site where you can watch the vid of Buttigieg displaying his Gallic fluency to French news outlet BFM-TV:

“To the people of France I would like to say that Notre Dame Cathedral was like a gift to the human race,” said Buttigieg. “We share the pain but we also thank you for this gift to civilization.”

Except that he said it en français.

And of course, since 90 percent of the French already can’t stand Trump, Buttigieg’s Francophone condolences went over like steak-frites after a Girondons de Bordeaux match:

Retweeting the BFM TV news segment on social media, French Ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud wrote: “Thank you Mayor for this message and congratulations for your french!” A slew of comments under the outlet’s tweet heaped praise on the South Bend, Indiana, mayor, who reportedly speaks seven languages, including Spanish, Italian, Norwegian and Arabic.

“America needs you the world needs you—Ladies gentlemen this is what a president sounds like,” read one comment that gained hundreds of likes. Another added: “This intelligence is something I’m craving. How wonderful to reach out to the people of France this way.”

So maybe if Mayor Pete washes out in the primaries for U.S. president, he can move to France to succeed French president Emmanuel Macron.

By the way, if you want donate to restore the ruined cathedral, here is the web page of the Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris. It’s a 501(c)(3) charity under U.S. tax law, so your donation will be 100 percent tax-deductible.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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