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French to English translations [PRO] Law/Patents - Certificates, Diplomas, Licenses, CVs / Acte de naissaince
French term or phrase:de feu
In translating a "Jugement suppletif d'acte de naissance", the paragraph runs as follows:
The court of (this place) has established that the individual named (Mr X) was born on (this date) at (this place)........
(next line) de feu (this place) and (that place).
It is from Benin if that helps.
I have seen that 'de feu' can mean "the late.." or 'deceased' - does that fit in this context? There is nothing else to say that he has passed away and I am also confused because there are two place names.
This is not clear. Can you please give the wording in FRENCH, with the words immediately before and after "de feu". I am inclined to think Tony's suggestion is correct, but we need to see your actual text. Obviously, don't reveal names or addresses.
sorry! Getting my head in a spin here. It's a fairly illegible document so am trying to make out what is what (and, yes am asking the client to clarify) - have just realised that the name I thought was a place name is in fact, the same as his surname. So....I believe this is actually a certificate all about this person and then 'of the late (father's name) and of (mother's name). Thanks for your help though, you actually clarified another issue I had.
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Explanation: Just a guess, but there is an old-fashioned usage of 'late' in EN that doesn't mean actually deceased, but simply 'formerly' — so is it possible that this could be referring to the former name of this place or something like that? Also, are both your 'this places' the same place? Could it be that Town X used previously to be known as Town X and Y?
Tony M France Local time: 04:43 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 24