Why would a french speaking child call a ladybird gendarme?
In French, a "ladybird" would rather be called a "coccinelle". But I guess here the child probably mistook the ladybird for a firebug. A "firebug" is nicknamed "Gendarme" in French. Both insects look somehow similar, so one can understand the child might have got confused.
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