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avant la lettre

Before something (a word, phrase, name, or specific entity, especially that which is anachronistic) was coined or created. From the French meaning "before the letter." So-called "hipsters" have always existed avant la lettre, but it's only in the last few decades that we've attempted to create a label for them.
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ISLAMABAD: French and foreign visitors were introduced to Pakistan's cultural heritage and traditional cuisine at the well decorated Pakistan Pavilion at the 7th Edition of Diplomatic Garden Party organized by the Lettre de la Diplomatique as part of French National Day celebrations in Paris.
Paris -- French and foreign visitors were introduced to Pakistan's cultural heritage and traditional cuisine at the well decorated Pakistan Pavilion at the 7th Edition of Diplomatic Garden Party organized by the Lettre de la Diplomatique as part of French National Day celebrations in Paris yesterday.
ISLAMABAD -- French and foreign visitors were introduced to Pakistan's cultural heritage and traditional cuisine at the well decorated Pakistan Pavilion at the 7th Edition of Diplomatic Garden Party organized by the Lettre de la Diplomatique as part of French National Day celebrations in Paris.