franc-tireur


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franc-tireur

(frɑ̃tirœr)
n
1. (Military) a sniper
2. (Military) a guerrilla or irregular soldier
[C19: from franc free + tireur shooter, from tirer to shoot, of unknown origin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.franc-tireur - a sharpshooter (in the French army)
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
crack shot, marksman, sharpshooter - someone skilled in shooting
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Un membre des troupes gouvernementales a lui ete blesse par un tir de franc-tireur. L'un des principaux objectifs des miliciens pro-GNA est l'imposant centre de conference Ouagadougou, ou Daech a installe son QG.
Barack Obama devait annoncer hier lundi la nomination de l'ancien senateur republicain Chuck Hagel a la tete du Pentagone au grand dam de plusieurs elus de l'opposition, augurant de vifs debats pour la confirmation de ce franc-tireur par le Senat.
Plusieurs poids-lourds de son propre parti organisent depuis des semaines un tir de barrage contre cet homme a la reputation de franc-tireur qu'ils accusent de ne pas faire preuve d'un soutien indefectible a IsraE1/2l ou encore de s'opposer aux sanctions contre Teheran.
The name franc-tireur, which literally means a `free-shooter', came from the Franco-Prussian war when, after the defeat of Napoleon III, French irregular troops fought for the newly proclaimed Republic by harassing the German armies.
Mythic elements, such as the faceless franc-tireur or signalling from church towers, fuelled the fantasy.
The daily paper Franc-Tireur, which in the immediate post-war period had taken a pro-Communist position, was beginning to distance itself from the PCF.
Il a fini par se refugier dans une mosquee oE des equipes medicales de campagne lui ont offert des soins primaires." Un autre franc-tireur a ete attrappe sur la Place meme.
It fits the pattern of events, however, more closely than models tracing German behavior to policies applied in Africa of which the mass of the army was ignorant; to anti-Catholic sentiment in Protestant regiments or general hostility towards religion; or to unsupported front-line rumors of franc-tireurs, much less to wider negative features of German culture.