Jean-Claude Juncker almost sets fire to face of Rwanda's First Lady during flame-lighting ceremony

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He's known for bumbling behaviour that has seen him stumbling down steps and swaying awkwardly.

And on Sunday, Jean-Claude Juncker almost set fire to Rwanda's First Lady during a flame-lighting ceremony, as this footage shows.

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The European Commission President was among dignitaries at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide that left 800,000 people dead.

After lighting the 'Light of Remembrance', Juncker slowly turns around and almost burns Jeannette Kagame, 56, in the face, while her husband, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, stands next to her also clasping a burning torch.

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She flinches just in time, and Mr Kagame, 61, also instantly takes a step back in the short clip posted on Twitter.

It appears that Juncker intended to hand the torch to an attendant, who moves forward to assist him - but the First Lady remains within reach of his flame and narrowly escapes injury.

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The actions of 64-year-old Juncker led one person to tweet: 'He should be the dragon in Game Of Thrones' - while another wrote: 'It's like giving a monkey a razor.'

Juncker's health and habits have been called into question in the past.

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Lats July, he was attending a dinner at the NATO summit in Brussels attended by US President Donald Trump and a number of other world leaders.

There, Juncker was seen stumbling and swaying to the extent that the presidents of Finland and Ukraine, among others, had to help keep him upright. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte also stepped...
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