Call back in French
Verb rappeler: to call back

Depending on the context, the French verb rappeler can mean either "to call back" or "to remind" in English. In the second case, its meaning is close to souvenir as it deals with memory.
Be careful: French people often mistake when they employ the reflexive forms, as they do not make any distinction between se souvenir or se rappeler. Indeed, the difference lies in the prepositions; in French you will say;

Je me souviens de lui. : I remember him.
But you can't use the verb se rappeler or rappeler in this context; this would be a grammatical error, but you can say;
Je me rappelle Ø lui avoir dit de fermer la porte à clef. : I remember I told him to lock the door.

Let's sum it up:

  • Se souvenir de quelque chose ou de quelqu'un. = to remember something or someone.
  • Se rappeler quelque chose. = To remember something.
  • Rappeler à quelqu'un de faire qqch. = to remind somebody of doing something.

Examples with the French verb (se) rappeler:

  • Ne t'inquiète pas, je te rappelle demain pour fixer un rendez-vous.
    Don't worry I will call you back tomorrow to confirm a meeting.
  • Laisse-moi te rappeler que tu me dois toujours 20 euros!
    Let me remind you that you still owe me 20 euros!
  • Cela me rappelle que je dois encore passer à la Poste!
    This reminds me I still have to go to the Post Office!
  • Tu te rappelle notre première sortie au cinéma?
    Do you remember when we first went to the cinema?

Idioms using the French verb rappeler:

  • Rappeler à l'ordre = to call to order
  • Rappeler quelque chose = to ring a bell

The French verb rappeler in context:

Mai 2008. La Commission Européenne rappelle la France à l'ordre. Elle a émis une recommandation de politique économique afin d'exhorter la France à honorer son engagement de 2005, à réduire son déficit public et encourage le pays à poursuivre ses plans de réformes.

Effectivement, le déficit public français atteint presque la limite établie par la Commission Européenne et chaque pays se doit de la respecter. Il y a trois ans, le gouvernement français a promis qu'il équilibrerait ses comptes avant 2012 au lieu de la date de 2010 soumise par la CE.

Cependant, selon Bruxelles, le déficit français continue de s'accroître et pourrait atteindre les 3% de son PIB (Produit Intérieur Brut) l'an prochain.

Cette recommandation fait partie des mesures créées en 2005 dans le cadre de la réforme du traité de croissance et de stabilité. Elle serait mise en œuvre pour la première fois, et ce, à l'encontre de la France.

English translation:

May 2008. The European Commission calls France to order. It has released (sent out/emitted) an economic policy recommendation in order to urge France to honour its commitment, dating back to 2005, to reduce its public deficit, and to encourage the country to go on with its reform plans.

Indeed, the French public deficit is nearly reaching the limit established by the European Commission and every country of the EU must respect it. In 2005 the French government promised it would bring its accounts into balance before 2012, instead of the date of 2010 suggested by the EC.

However, according to Brussels, the French deficit is still increasing and might reach 3% of its GDP next year.

This recommendation is one of the measures created three years ago as part of the reform of Treaty for growth and stability. It would be implemented for the first time towards France.

Written and compiled by Charlotte Chateau.

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