Elle assure la permanence de midi à 20h.
el laa-sewr lah pair-naa-nahss duh mee-dee ah vaa-TUHR. Click below to hear this!
She staffs the front desk from noon to 8pm.
Actually, it may not be the front desk at all. It’s whatever needs staffing on a more or less continuous basis.
You may see signs in France bearing this notice: Permanence: 8h à 20h. That means that the office is open from 8am to 8pm (20h is 8pm on the 24-hour clock.) That’s the declaration to the public. Each staffer who works a shift assure that this promise, at least, will be kept.
That fact, in turn, gives the public confidence that their problems and issues will be attended to. The assurance may be false, given the nature of bureaucracies everywhere, but hope springs eternal….
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