The German Chancellor and the French President attended a ceremony near the town of Compiegne on Saturday, to mark the centenary of the signing of the Armistice agreement that ended World War I on November 11, 1918. During a meet and greet with the pubic, President Macron was introduced to an elderly woman, who mistook the German Chancellor for his wife. The woman told the President: “Mr Macron!
“That is not possible, a little good woman like me shaking hands with the President of the Republic.
“Do not make me cry.”
She then turned to Mrs Merkel and said: “You are Madame Macron.”
The German Chancellor smiled and accompanied by her interpreter responded in German: “I am the Chancellor of Germany.”
It is not clear whether the woman understood who Mrs Merkel was, but she kept repeating: “It’s fantastic.”
Mr Macron then posed for a photo alongside the lady and Chancellor Merkel.
The German leader was in France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of November 11 1918, which official ended World War 1.
The Armistice between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
The day is commemorated as Remembrance Day, and special attention was paid to this year’s centenary, with a big ceremony being held in central Paris.
Also taking part in the Paris ceremony were US President Donald Trump, 72, and his wife Melania Trump, 48.
Theresa May was not present as she chose to attend a ceremony in London, led by Prince Charles, in front of a memorial to Britain’s war dead.