WATCH as Macron struggles with translators as he meets Iraqi Kurdish delegation, calls for Iraq to dismantle militias
December 2, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron took matters into his own hands when his joint press conference with Iraqi Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechervan Idris Barzani started to fall apart due to translation problems in Paris on Saturday.
The Paris press conference had one glitch after another, with the French President eventually stopping it altogether to address his audience in English.
“The Prime Minister perfectly understands English, but I think it will be strange to have here, the President speaking in English for this press conference,” he said.
“But I am pretty sure Paris could organize a translation for the Prime Minister,” he questioned.
He also called for Iraq to dismantle all its militias.
“It is essential that there is a gradual demilitarization, in particular of the Popular Mobilization that established itself in the last few years in Iraq, and that all militias be gradually dismantled,” he told a joint news conference held with Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his deputy Qubad Talabani.