I just found out that all words that start with "abs-", "obs-" or "obt-" are pronounced with a /p/ instead of a /b/. I know that /b/ is a voiced consonant and /p/, /s/ and /t/ are unvoiced, which seems to be the reason for the change - so that both consonants end up unvoiced. In English the /s/ changes to /z/ (voiced) instead.
- abstenir - /apstəniʁ/
- observer - /ɔpsɛʁve/
- obtenir - /ɔptəniʁ/
Does this happen in the middle of words too? Are there any other combinations where the spelling is voiced but the pronunciation is unvoiced or vice versa?