RUE 89 (France)
PARIS - When Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on April 8, 2013, the Office of the President of the French Republic issued a communiqué on its official homepage that paid tribute to the "Iron Lady".
So far, nothing to write home about. But when they tried to come up with an audio version for the visually impaired, they somehow managed to pick the wrong accent for the website's robotic voice -- a goof that was recently picked up by French news website Rue 89.
It took them 10 days to realize their mistake and put the correct version up, but thanks to the Internet, nothing ever really disappears...
Just press play and follow zee text!
"Margaret Thatcher’s death marks the disappearance of a great figure who made a deep impression on her country’s history during her 11 years as British Prime Minister.
Throughout her public life, holding true to her firm conservative beliefs, she cared about the United Kingdom’s influence and the defence of her country’s interests.
The relationship she maintained with France was always frank and loyal. She forged a constructive, fruitful dialogue with François Mitterrand. Together, they committed themselves to strengthening ties between our two countries. And it was at this time when Mrs Thatcher gave decisive impetus to the construction of the Channel Tunnel.
President Hollande extends his deepest and very sincere condolences to Margaret Thatcher’s family and close friends and expresses his solidarity with the British people."