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French flags to fly at half-mast for 'extraordinary' Mandela

All French flags will fly at half-mast in tribute to Nelson Mandela, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday, praising the late anti-apartheid leader as an "extraordinary man". "All humanity is in mourning," Ayrault told reporters in Beijing, on the second day of a visit to China. "France joins in this mourning. She stands alongside the South Africans who are crying today for this great man." Mandela became a symbol for "all of humanity" added Ayrault. "He leaves us a legacy. We are all responsible for it."

Why French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault's name is so hard to translate

Visiting French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault presented South Korean media with a novel headache on Thursday: how to transcribe his name. The daily Chosun Ilbo, the country's widest-circulation newspaper, chose Korean script that translates to "erotic" while Yonhap news agency also used a translation that means "difficulty." The French embassy in Seoul, which issued a statement on the arrival of the head of the French government in Korean, chose a neutral translation by omitting the letter "r."
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