The French presidential election doesn't fail to surprise.
Jean-Francois Cope, who is currently running to become the presidential candidate of the right-wing Les Republicains, shocked French voters on Monday when he failed a key election test: The price of pain au chocolat – a traditional French pastry.
"I have no idea but … I think it must be around 10 or 15 centimes," Cope told the French radio Europe 1. The traditional French pastry is sold slightly above one euro (nearly $1.09).
Cope, who was responsible for overseeing the French budget between 2004 and 2007, has suddenly seen his gaffe mocked all across social media.
In an attempt to recover his credibility as a potential president, he responded on Twitter: "I admit I am very conscious of my figure. So to be honest, I stopped the "chocolatines" a long time ago."
The incident is the latest in what is becoming an increasingly febrile presidential contest.