French FM Mistakenly Says Israel Can 'Eat' Iran

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2008 5:12 PM CDT
France's Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner sits next to Israeli Foreign minister Tzipi Livni on October 05, 2008, in Jerusalem, Israel.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A slip of the "h" landed France's foreign minister in hot water yesterday, Reuters reports. Bernard Kouchner told an Israeli newspaper that a nuclear weapon would not protect Iran "because you will eat them before." France shot off a quick statement explaining that Kouchner, like many English speakers in France, dropped the "h" in "hit" and came up with "eat."