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cherchez la femme

This French phrase that translates as “look for a woman,” originated with the elder Alexandre Dumas in his novel The Mohicans of Paris. Its meaning is that unusual male behavior can often be traced to involvement with a female. For example, countless generations of adolescent boys who never paid attention to their wardrobe or personal grooming suddenly became interested in clothing fashions. They washed their face and combed their hair without being told to, and spent hours chatting on the telephone (now a computer or handheld device) with the classic teenage boy's dreamy/dopey look on their face. Their parents would regard the phenomenon with a knowing and bemused expression as they told each other, “cherchez la femme.”
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421; Marie-Claude Premont, "L'affaire Chaoulli et le systeme de sante du Quebec : cherchez l'erreur, cherchez la raison" (2006) 51 McGill L.
See : Marie-Claude Premont, "L'affaire Chaoulli et le systeme de sante du Quebec: cherchez l'erreur, cherchez la raison" (2006) 51 McGill L.
He added: "The message for wine marketers is clear: cherchez la femme if you want to sell.
Il y a une porte qui ouvre dans le camp, mais si cette porte s'ouvre quand vous passez, vite vous courez, vous vous sauvez, vous ne cherchez a voir ni la porte ni ce qu'il peut y avoir derriere.
Ranging from Tim Bavington's retro-formalist striped painting Step (In) Out (2007) to Carrie Jenkins's wryly fanciful watercolors Cherchez la Femme (2007) and The Burnet Rose (2005), the only thing Beaux Arts about these UNLV graduates is both the scale of their work and their indifference to obsolescence.
How have I presumed to call the gardens ever mine, the great Unguentine Gardens, cherchez la femme?
And a summary of the Cherchez la femme workshop by one of the event's speakers examines the challenges faced by women in minority francophone communities in their roles as health-care consumers, workers and volunteers.
Il constate en ces mots : << C'est donc a Lui, le Maitre de la Cite chretienne, que vous avez fait loyalement acte de foi et hommage; vous etes ses chevaliers sans peur et sans reproche; ce sont ses interets que vous cherchez a faire prevaloir dans l'ordre social dont il est le principe et la fin supreme >> (30).
But if you are still cherchez la femme then pair boyish trousers with feminine tops and wedge heels and platforms
Cherchez la Femme, Cherchez la Femme: A paradoxical response to trauma.
The reason she's abandoning her post isn't far to find: cherchez l'homme.
As so often, we can cherchez la feministe for the breakdown of this old-fashioned consensus about the division between public and private.
If you're looking for a market with big opportunity and low competition that's riding an uptrend, then cherchez la femme.