May 18th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

Arabs tongue-tied over French PM's name

The prime minister's last name sounds like an Arabic slang word for a male body part. Erin Burnett reports.

France's new Socialist government is already causing ripples throughout a Europe struggling to balance government budgets without making ordinary people's lives miserable, but it has created a completely different problem in the Middle East.

The prime minister's last name, it turns out, sounds like an Arabic slang word for penis.

His name is Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Pronounced properly in French, the last name is very much like a moderately rude Lebanese and Palestinian term that is widely understood in the Arabic world.


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