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France's first lady officially names 4-month-old panda

Monday, December 04, 2017 - 00:50

France's four-month-old baby panda is given his official Chinese name at a ceremony attended by his godmother, French first lady Brigitte Macron. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. French first lady Brigitte Macron officially named a four-month-old panda cub 'Yuan Meng' at a zoo in France on Monday (December 4) in a sign of the diplomatic importance of the animals in Chinese foreign policy. Macron was joined by Chinese diplomats and officials from the ZooParc de Beauval at the ceremony. The cub -- until now referred to as "Mini Yuan Zi" -- was born in August and took his first steps in November. His parents, Huan Huan and her partner Yuan Zi, whose names translate as "Joy" and "Podgy" respectively, came to France in 2012, their arrival hailed as a sign of warming diplomatic ties between Paris and Beijing. They are due to stay until 2022 before being returned to China. Their offspring will stay in France until the age of two or three before being moved to China.

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France's first lady officially names 4-month-old panda

Monday, December 04, 2017 - 00:50