Scott Morrison has been left floundering on the world stage after being asked a question in French by a reporter at a press conference in Washington.
The Australian Prime Minister was asked if he had a message for French President Emmanuel Macron after a recent diplomatic rift - and whether he agreed with Boris Johnson's comments Mr Macron should 'donnez-moi un break'.
The UK Prime Minister was suggesting - in a clumsy mixture of schoolboy English and French - that Mr Macron should 'give him a break'.
'Well I don't speak French,' the Australian PM responded with an awkward laugh.
'That wasn't one of my strongest suits when I was at school or even university,' he continued.
'But Boris has a way of expressing things that only Boris can.'
Australia's leader revealed he is being given the cold shoulder by his French counterpart (pictured together in 2021)
Relations with France have been strained after Australia and the UK announced the AUKUS security alliance last week.
The deal involved Australia tearing up a long-standing $90billion deal to buy a dozen French submarines and instead acquiring nuclear submarines from the United States and UK.
'My message would be