French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been working together to lead the free world in the absence of the United States from the world stage. They’ve been working together so well, in fact, a 100-year-old woman thought they were married.
At a commemorative event for World War I this weekend, a French woman was excited to be meeting her country’s president.
“Mr. Macron, it’s not possible, a little good woman like me to shake hands with the President of the Republic, it’s fantastic.”
After greeting the French leader, the elderly woman addressed Merkel and said:
“You are Madame Macron.”
— Mathieu von Rohr (@mathieuvonrohr) November 11, 2018
Merkel explained she is the German Chancellor. The woman didn’t respond but smiled for some cameras alongside the leaders.
People online found the situation adorable. While there were a few disparaging comments made about the age of Macron’s actual wife, most were about how cute it was that the old woman mistook the two leaders’ friendship for marriage.
This is the best :))
— יאיר ארוניהו (@gaynetanyahuJr) November 11, 2018
Awwww & I ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Merkel.
— Gav #FBPE #FBR 🏳️🌈🇪🇺❄️ 🌊 (@Socialistdawn) November 11, 2018
sweet of her to take the time and explain
— d 🇺🇸 🔔 🗽 🍂 🍁 (@dougalpollux) November 11, 2018
I love it, the old French lady is so adorable 😍😍😍
j'adore, la vieille dame française est tellement adorable 😍😍😍
— Eli Dror (@edrormba) November 12, 2018
I love EVERYTHING about this: Angela Merkel's attempts at French ("I am Germany Chancellor") to the old woman who thought she was Macron's wife in the first place: https://t.co/JdAcXLVeoD
— Halla Mohieddeen (@STVhalla) November 12, 2018
A 100-year-old woman thought that they were married. It was adorable.https://t.co/qBuvdrBfZ2
— Jeanne Burch (@bulmasan) November 12, 2018
That was genuinely really sweet & good on Merkel & Macron for being so gentle with her 🤗
— Mark (@namasteinoz) November 12, 2018
That lady is so sweet. She can't believe what's happening.
— Euqinomist (@Euqinomist) November 11, 2018
Très émouvant en tout cas !
Es ist sehr bewegend !
— Valentin Gr. (@VltnGR) November 11, 2018
Admittedly, one of my languages is not French. This seems adorable if you dont speak the language (I'm reading the body language). Is it adorable?? Or… is it… the other thing. (Please don't be the other thing)
— ASL Heel (@MurphyFelix) November 12, 2018
Some found the mistake humorous.
Funniest tweet today!!
— CorbeauxInvest (@CorbeauxInvest) November 12, 2018
Are we 101% sure she wasn't trolling Macron?
— Flourage ⚡️🦁 🛡🛡🛡🏆 🏆 … (@MattShields08) November 11, 2018
The event commemorated 100 years since the first World War ended.
As with their speeches, this interaction marked a difference between the perception of foreign world leaders and President Trump.
Trump would never take that much time with an elderly woman. He would probably just make some disparaging remark about Merkel as he walked on by.
— Connie Carroll (@cmcarroll62) November 12, 2018