ReutersBEAUVAL, France (Reuters) — French first lady Brigitte Macron revealed on Monday that the first panda born in France, to whom she is “godmother,” will go by the name of Yuan Meng.
The names means “Dream come true” and was chosen by China, the country of origin of the cub’s parents.
The small male cub, survivor of two babies born on Aug. 4 at Beauval Zoo about 250 kilometers south of Paris, until now went by the name of Mini Yuan Zi after his father Yuan Zi, whose names translates as Podgy.
Brigitte Macron, wife of President Emmanuel Macron, announced the creature’s official name at an event attended by China’s vice foreign minister, Zhang Yesui.
The cub lost his twin sibling barely two hours after their August births, which were firsts in France.
The arrival of the panda parents in France back in 2012 was billed in official circles as a sign of warming bilateral ties.
Mother Huan Huan and her partner Yuan Zi are due to return to China in 2022 while the young panda is expected to stay in France until aged two or three.