Translated literally le carnet rose means the pink newspaper notices.
Le carnet rose refers to the section of French newspapers that recent births would typically be reported in.
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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.
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