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'Apprentice' Susan Ma defends 'French love their children' quote

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Susan Ma from 'The Apprentice'

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Susan Ma has defended her heavily-mocked Apprentice moment on the show's French task.

Ma was one of the project managers when the teams were sent to Paris to sell new products to a mass market. Her planning process for the task included her posing the question, "Do the French love their children?"

The remark prompted ridicule on spinoff show You're Fired and on the Digital Spy forums.

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However, Ma insisted that her comments had actually been proven to be a success.

"Those stupid questions led me to choosing two products that helped us break an Apprentice record," she told You're Fired host Dara O Briain.

Susan is interviewed in The Apprentice final
Ma also clarified remarks she made during the interview stage with Margaret Mountford about paying tax on her skincare business.

"I wasn't cheating tax and the couple of people I employed were students and they were earning below the minimum threshold," she said.

Inventor Tom Pellereau triumphed on last night's Apprentice final, earning a £250,000 investment for a nail file company.

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Watch Susan Ma deliver her business pitch below:

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