France's ex-justice minister Rachida Dati (pictured) has mixed up the words for oral sex and "inflation" -- which sound similar in French -- during a TV interview.
She told Canal Plus: "I see some (foreign investment funds) looking for returns of 20pc or 25pc at a time when fellatio is close to zero."
Within hours, the video was an internet hit on websites such as YouTube.
Ms Dati, now a Euro MP, later laughed off the whole episode saying she had spoken too quickly.
The French word for fellatio is "fellation", which sounds similar to the word "inflation".
Ms Dati left the government last year amid criticism of her management style, and gossip about her clothes and love life.
She is now an MEP and serves as mayor of Paris's seventh arrondissement.