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Faisait prendre au pays

mo a.A0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Faisait prendre au pays

Can some help me further please . Today in the news, Lionel Jospin, the ancien premier ministre said: "Le president pouvait se donner le temps de peser les risques qu'il (faisait prendre au pays)". Is faire prendre a locution? in word reference, I can't see it mentioned. Are there any lessons on faire usage as locution. thanks for your help.

Asked 1 month ago
Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Mo, 

I think this is the lesson you are looking for, and a link to further material by Laura Lawless.

Faire + [infinitive] = to have something done in French (Causative) 

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/faire-causative/

mo a.A0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Maarten: Thanks for your answer. What does it mean( Faire prendre au pays). I am thinking inflicting it along these lines. Any idea ?any reference ? Thanks.

Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Mo, 

in English I would translate this as something like “ The president could have given himself time to weigh up (consider) the risk(s) he was placing the country at/putting the country in “. Less colloquial English (in my view) but perhaps a more direct translation could be ‘…. making the country take ‘. 

The idea here, I think, is that the former premier minister wishes to convey that he does not see this (just) as a risk that Macron is taking personally, in the context of recent commentary that has talked about ‘ Macron’s risk ‘ in calling the early elections ( whilst he himself is not facing the voters for re-election ). 

I am in France at the moment ( was also here for a set of general elections previously ) - interesting experiences, to say the least !

mo a.A0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Worrying experience I would say. Thanks for your explanations. Have a good time in France.

Faisait prendre au pays

Can some help me further please . Today in the news, Lionel Jospin, the ancien premier ministre said: "Le president pouvait se donner le temps de peser les risques qu'il (faisait prendre au pays)". Is faire prendre a locution? in word reference, I can't see it mentioned. Are there any lessons on faire usage as locution. thanks for your help.

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