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‘The Usual suspect’: EU chief stops press conference to answer wife’s phone call

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The head of the European Commission found himself in another hilarious situation when he sent attendees at a press conference in Egypt into fits of laughter when repeated phone calls kept interrupting his speech.

Jean-Claude Juncker, known for his use of humor during awkward situations in the past, said it was his wife who was repeatedly calling his phone during a press conference at the EU-Arab Summit in Egypt.

“I will stop here because my phone is ringing. I apologize,” he said after his phone rang for a third time during the presser he was sharing with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and EU Council President Donald Tusk.

“It was the usual suspect - my wife. I have to stop here because she will not stop there,” he said after answering the phone call.

His comments also provoked laughter among the official interpreters who were translating his comments from French into English.

Juncker was in Egypt for the two-day EU-Arab League Summit which concluded on Monday. Representatives from the two blocs discussed bilateral relations, efforts against terror financing, and the migrant crisis in Europe.