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17:42 Aug 16, 2000
English to French translations [PRO] Art/Literary
English term or phrase:Down with the Fuhrer! Long live the people!
just a simple phrase...meaning down with the furher and up with the people.
"A bas" means to bring down, to lower down, if you will.
In the 17th or 18th century, the French people were getting tired of the Monarchy and the "Noblesse", so the expression "à bas" took another meaning as to kill, to decapitate, etc.. thus, 1789 the "Prise de la Bastille"
"Vive" means simply long live
as the expression:
"Le roi est mort, vive le roi"
The king is dead, long live the king