On est solides financièrement. Après, si tu veux des chiffres, elle seule peut te les fournir.

I just heard this in conversation -- and numerous times before too -- but I wonder what is its synonymous expression?

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It means "that being said". You can (or even should...) replace it by "Cela dit" or "cela étant", or even "quoi qu'il en soit". But note that this is very much a colloquial use of "après", you could hear it in some informal conversations, but it is something you should avoid in written or formal speech. I would not be surprised some people may even frown upon this usage and regard it as "bad" French. I have just looked in a couple of online dictionaries, and they don't mention this specific meaning for "après".

  • Whenever I hear "Après" like this, it is indeed in a "cela dit" context. Thanks. We were discussing the financial situation of our hospital -- not exactly a light topic -- so you'd be allowed to go only so far with offbeat language, I guess. :) Nov 13, 2017 at 7:16

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