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French to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - Government / Politics
French term or phrase:racket d'état
In an article on democracy in Central Asia, one interviewee accuses President XX ....
"d’avoir fait main basse sur les lucratives activités économiques du pays et de pratiquer le **racket d’état**."I can't decide on the exact meaning of "racket d'état" here. Is it 'racket' as in 'daylight robbery'? But then there seem to be quite a few Ghits for "racket d'état" as a compound.
Presumably it's not so much "state racketeering" they are talking about - where the government pockets the money - but govt sponsorship of the economic activities in the hands of the President (and his men), as with Carlyle. That's democracy for you.
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cjohnstone France Local time: 17:21 Specializes in field Native speaker of: French, English PRO pts in category: 4
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Asker: Hi Catherine. Thanks for answering, but 'state racket' means nothing at all to me. Do you mean it as in 'racket' in the sense of making a fuss?That's the only English sense of 'racket' I can think of. Thanks!