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While listening to news about Emmanuel Macron, I heard this sentence

Il devrait s'articuler autour d'une dizaine de mesures ___. Les Français pourront alors juger.

The missing word sounds like "far", but I looked up the dictionary and apparently far means "prune custard flan", so it's probably not the word I'm looking for. I guess one could say une dizaine de mesures clé, but this is not what was said in the news.

  • Can you give a link so that we can listen to it? – Laure Feb 5 '17 at 9:59
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It's probably:

Il devrait s'articuler autour d'une dizaine de mesures phare(s). Les Français pourront alors juger.

A phare is a lighthouse. But in this context, a mesure phare is like a central point of his campaign, something important, that will guide his action, be very recognizable... whereas other measures won't necessarily be phare but more mundane.

I do not know if phare should be plural or not in this case.

  • Why should it not be in the plural? – user11550 Feb 5 '17 at 16:58
  • Nouns used as adjectives do not necessarily take the plural. Consider e.g. des chaussures marron. – Alexandre Flak Feb 5 '17 at 17:06
  • @AlexandreFlak Wiktionary has the plural form, and in fact even this particular example des mesures phares. – user11550 Feb 5 '17 at 17:07
  • Yes, and so does this reference from OQLF. But I don't know where that usage comes from. – Alexandre Flak Feb 5 '17 at 17:09
  • I'll stay neutral on that plural: I don't know for sure. It's a case for La Dictée de Benard Pivot :-) – Frank Feb 5 '17 at 17:34
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mesure phares - a bit like "showcase measures"

  • Yes, that's it - although both "mesure" and "phare" should be in the plural. See e.g. here. – Alexandre Flak Feb 5 '17 at 11:51
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    Maybe you could explain the relevance of phare in this context. I don't agree with @AlexandreFlak about the plural on both words but actually you could reflect the formula in the original question mesures phare, on a par with mesures clé. – GAM PUB Feb 5 '17 at 14:29

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