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08:52 Sep 20, 2007
French to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents - Law: Contract(s)
French term or phrase: calamité publique
"S'il devenait impossible de disposer des locaux nécessaires, dans le cas également où le feu, la guerre, *une calamité publique*, un cas de force majeure rendrait impossible l'exécution de tout ce qui doit être fait pour la manifestation" etc

I have googled this and it seems to appear mainly on BE sites. Is it possible that this is the Belgian equivalent of 'catastrophe naturelle'?

Thank you for your help.
laenai
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:44
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Summary of answers provided
3 +2national disaster
chaplin
3 -2public nuisance
Francis MARC


Discussion entries: 4





  

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10 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +2
national disaster


Explanation:
j'avais pensé à plague mais difficile avec national

chaplin
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:44
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 19

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  B D Finch: Though the French says "publique" rather than "national", I think that this is just a reflection of the different cultures and what is meant is the same.
1 hr
  -> Thank you BD (Bande dessinée?)

neutral  JOHN A: Peut-être un peu "tatillon", mais je pense que "publique" ne signifie pas nécessairement "national"...
1 hr
  -> alors que mettriez-vous?

agree  Nina Iordache: Yes, surely!
3 hrs
  -> Thank you Nina

neutral  veratek: I agree with Usage Note here: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/critique. I wouldn't use "criticize favorably" but I would say "judge favorably"// not true at all - "to critique" is an established term in anglophone social sciences discourse
1 day21 hrs
  -> Thank you for your comment.The verb to critique is not used in English as it does not exist in the Oxford dictionary
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12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): -2
public nuisance


Explanation:
Nuisance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia- [ Traduire cette page ]Traditionally, nuisance is divided into public nuisance, interference with the reasonable expectations and rights of the general public (ie, society), ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuisance - 35k - En cache - Pages similaires

Legal Definition of Nuisance- [ Traduire cette page ]To constitute a Public nuisance, there must be such 'a number of persons annoyed, ... The remedies for a public nuisance are by indicting the party. ...
www.lectlaw.com/def2/n025.htm - 11k -


Francis MARC
Lithuania
Local time: 01:44
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 154

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  writeaway: but it's Belgian, so a Belgian reference would have been more helpful -and more accurate /but Be. refs show it means natural disasters
34 mins
  -> ce qui compte pour la compréhension c'est la langue/nationalité de la personne qui lira la traduction...

disagree  B D Finch: A "calamité" can hardly be translated as a "nuisance" - it is not exactly on the same scale of magnitude.
1 hr

disagree  JOHN A: Agree with B D Finch... Foxes investigating garbage bags are a "public nuisance", but not a "public disaster"... :-]
1 hr
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