top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Le carnet rose: A French expression you may hear today

The French press has reported on the births – or le carnet rose – of dozens of rare animals in a zoo in southwest France. What does the expression mean?

Learn French words and expressions you may hear in the news today Pic: / The Connexion

Translated literally le carnet rose means the pink newspaper notices.

So, what is the link with baby animals?

In the past few months Asson Zoo, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, has reported births of rare animals including dozens of lemurs, marsupials and an ocelot.

 The zoo’s director, Luc Lorca, told France 3 the high birth rate among endangered species was due to “knowledge and experience” among zoo staff.

 The French press responded to the happy news with headlines reading “Births – carnet rose –  at Asson Zoo!”

Le carnet rose refers to the section of French newspapers that recent births would typically be reported in.

This means anyone appearing in le carnet rose has recently become a parent.

Some publications even refer to a carnet rose for baby girls and a carnet bleu (blue notices) for baby boys.

And these are not the only carnets – there is also le carnet noir (black notices) for deaths, and le carnet blanc (white notices) for marriages.

Some English-language newspapers would group these under family announcements – but you might also hear the colloquial phrase ‘Hatched, matched and despatched’ for births, marriages and death notices used.

Related articles

J'en ai marre: A French expression you may hear today

Montrer patte blanche: A French expression you may hear today

Usine à gaz: A French expression you may hear today

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now