Coward in French
Word lâche: coward

Like in English, the French word lâche can be used either as an adjective or as a noun.
The English noun and adjective "coward" comes from the Medieval French couardise (cowardice; it has almost the same pronunciation in French but the final "s" sounds like a "z"; the adjective being couard) which is not very common nowadays as lâcheté (modern French term for "cowardice") is more frequently employed.
Examples using the French word lâche:

  • C'est un lâche; il n'a même pas eu le courage de lui avouer ses véritables sentiments.
    He's a coward ; he did not even have the courage to confess his true feelings to her.
  • Il s'est comporté lâchement (adverb) envers son patron! Il s'est dégonflé à la dernière minute.
    He behaved shamefully with his boss ! He chickened out in the very last minute.
  • Son attitude très lâche n'a heureusement pas atteint son fils.
    Fortunately his cowardly attitude did not affect his son.

Idioms using the French word lâche:

  • Être un gros lâche: to be a real coward
  • Avoir la lâcheté de: to be coward enough to…
  • Abandonner par lâcheté: to abandon by cowardice

The French word lâche in context:

Juin 2008. Le Parti Socialiste français : faible, couard et divisé.

On l'a bien remarqué lors des dernières élections présidentielles ; le PS n'est plus ce qu'il était et se détériore avec le temps.

Ségolène Royal ne convainc pas et les Français s'exaspèrent ; aujourd'hui, le parti n'est bon qu'à critiquer la Droite et le Président Sarkozy.

Certes, ce dernier n'est pas un modèle et a commis de nombreuses erreurs depuis son élection mais au moins, il agit.

Ses projets de réforme et ses nouvelles lois ne font pas l'unanimité parmi les Français et n'améliorent pas leur niveau de vie mais au moins, pendant ce temps, les plus riches s'enrichissent davantage et les vieux citoyens se sentent plus en sécurité.

Les électeurs ont pris l'habitude, depuis quelques années, de voter pour les opposants de la Gauche afin de montrer leur mécontentement aux socialistes. Bon ou mauvais choix ? On en voit déjà les conséquences et certains s'en mordent les doigts.

Cependant, il est indéniable qu'il règne une grande lâcheté parmi les "représentants des couches populaires" qui, au lieu de proposer des réformes et des projets pour redresser le pays économiquement et socialement, pratiquent plutôt la loi du silence et cèdent volontiers la besogne à M. Sarkozy.


Inspired by:
http://quimboiseur.over-blog.com/article-20381470.html

English translation:

June 2008. French socialist party's becoming weak, coward and divided.

Everybody noticed it over the last presidential elections; the S.P (Socialist Party) has changed and is gradually deteriorating.

Ségolène Royal was not convincing and the French are exasperated; today, the party is just criticising the Conservative party and President Sarkozy only.

Of course, the later is not the best example and he has committed many mistakes since he was elected, but at least he's acting.

Not everyone among the French people agrees with his reform projects and his new laws, they won't improve their standard of living, but at least in the meantime, the rich are becoming richer and old citizens are feeling safer.

For many years, the voters have taken the habit to elect the Socialists' opponents in order to show they were dissatisfied with their policy. Good or bad choice? People can already see the consequences of this and some of they really regret it.

However, it is undeniable that a great cowardice is affecting the "representatives of the working classes" who, instead of suggesting reforms and plans to turn the country around economically and socially speaking, follow the rule of silence and willingly cede the nasty job to Mr. Sarkozy.

Written and compiled by Charlotte Chateau.

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