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Jan

06

2012

un fantoche

'a puppet' (of the political kind)

In this recent article from france24.com, the North Korean press agency is quoted as follows:

  • "Nous déclarons solennellement et fièrement aux responsables politiques stupides dans le monde, y compris les fantoches de Corée du Sud, qu'ils ne doivent pas s'attendre au moindre changement de notre part"

Strong words, no doubt, referring to 'stupid political leaders' and 'South Korean puppets'. The word fantoche functions as a noun above, but can also function as an adjective, as in the example:

  • un gouvernement fantoche [= a puppet government]

Generally speaking, referring to puppets in the theatre and so on, we would refer to des marionnettes.

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