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Both first ladies name panda cub Yuan Meng

12-07-2017 01:21

When French first lady Brigitte Macron was having a close look at her "godson", the 4-month-old male cub attacked her several times, making her step away, still smiling, from the baby panda's enclosure.

Macron, who agreed to become the godmother when the cub was born in August, was attempting to pet it over a glass wall, which caused the animal to suddenly jump toward Macron. It barked and growled at the first lady, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, in the panda garden at ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, central France, about 200 kilometers south of Paris.

This took place shortly before the French first lady joined Zhang Yesui, vice-foreign minister, in announcing the baby panda's name on Monday. It was jointly named by Chinese President Xi Jinping's wife Peng Liyuan and Brigitte Macron as Yuan Meng, or Dream Fulfilled in English.