Latest French Gaffe: 'Genital Prints'

Nation chortles over latest slip of the tongue
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2010 4:53 AM CDT
Latest French Gaffe: 'Genital Prints'
Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux (left): Genitals on the mind.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

(Newser) – The French can't seem to get their heads out of their crotch. Just last month a former French justice minister talked about "fellatio" when she intended to discuss "inflation." Now, a current minister has referred in a joint TV and radio interview to "genital prints." Interior Minister Brice Horefeux intended to distinguish fingerprints—empreintes digitales—from genetic records—empreintes genetiques—but instead referred to empreintes genitales. The French are chortling over the gaffe, and have rocketed video of the latest goof-up to the top of the popularity charts, notes the BBC.
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