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femme fatale

A mysterious and attractive woman who puts men in dangerous or compromising situations. James Bond is always able to see through the evil plot of the femme fatale.
See also: fatale, femme

cherchez la femme

A French phrase meaning "look for the woman," the idea being that when a man starts behaving strangely, it is often because he is attracted to or involved with a woman. The phrase is typically attributed to French author Alexandre Dumas père. Whenever Todd starts dressing better and being punctual, just cherchez la femme.
See also: femme, la

(be) a ˌfemme faˈtale

(from French) a beautiful woman that men find sexually attractive but who brings them trouble or unhappiness: The movie follows the relationship between sexy femme fatale Suzy and young lawyer Jim, which eventually leads to a murderous crime of passion.
The meaning of the French expression is ‘disastrous woman’.
See also: fatale, femme

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.”
See also: femme, la
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La femme rurale, la plus durement touchee par la discrimination
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Le ministre des ressources en eau, Hocine Necib, a assur[euro]u[c] que la promotion de la femme en Alg[euro]u[c]rie est en [euro]u[c]volution quotidienne, encourag[euro]u[c]e par une volont[euro]u[c] politique.
En 1950, la Colombie-Britannique a ete temoin d'une autre premiere lorsque Nancy Hodges a ete nommee presidente de la Chambre--la premiere femme presidente de tous les pays du Commonwealth.
Oui, la voix de la femme est une revolution et vive toujours l'Egypte avec dignite et honneur", a conclu la presidente du Conseil de la Femme tout en saluant le grand role des vaillantes Forces armees egyptiennes, ainsi que la glorieuse Magistrature egyptienne et le Conseil National de la Femme qui a defendu, en depit de tous les defis, les droits de la femme egyptienne.
Ses chants, sa musique et ses paroles regorgent d'emotion et font verser des larmes dans ce Monde injuste ou tout est mis en oeuvre pour bafouer la femme, sa situation, son existence.
Selon Carli et Eagly (chapitre 3), pour maximiser leur efficacite de leader, les femmes doivent autant faire preuve des competences (du stereotype male) que de sensibilite interpersonnelle (du stereotype feminin) afin de repondre aux criteres des deux stereotypes.
Propos qui incitent encore a dire qu'il n'y a rien d'innocent dans la motivation du titre, Femme nue, femme noire.
Smith, Stealey and other mafia femmes discussed their femme community at Femme 2006's "The Atlanta Femme Mafia: Exploring and Creating Our Fabulous Femme Communities.
La journee internationale de la sage-femme offre l'occasion de celebrer le travail et la profession de sage-femme : cette annee, elle cherchera a encourager les sages-femmes a s'assurer qu'elles sont en contact avec routes les femmes qui ont besoin d'une sage-femme :Tendez la main aux femmes--cherchez it offrir un acces universel aux soins de pratique de sage-femme
Anyway, I've known women who identify as butch and women who identify as femme who both fit and defy these stereotypes, from the femme who recently screeched at a dinner party for all to hear, "I am not a pillow queen
On devrait fournir un espace ou les femmes peuvent se regrouper et dialoguer sur l'egalite et la justice par rapport aux droits de la femme.
When this character later strikes her partner onstage, the femme retorts, "No one hits me and gets away with it--and take these ugly-ass shoes you bought me
Au sortir de cette rencontre, l'Unesco avait decide de mettre sur pied un comite charge de rediger un rapport sur la condition de la femme dans le monde.
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