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12:54 Feb 18, 2009
French to English translations [PRO] Bus/Financial - General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
French term or phrase:éléments contraires
A CEO, discussing how his brand will fare in the current climate, says it has lived through other tough times, such as the first war in Iraq and SARS. He then says:
"Un drame, dans la mesure où nous étions démunis face à ces éléments contraires."
The "éléments" are clearly the war and SARS. "Contraires" presumably because they were contrary to doing good business. However, I can't put this into English!