Il a été mis en garde à vue.
ee lah ay-tay mee zah gaar-dah-VEW. Click below to hear this.*
He was taken into police custody.
Friday the 13th: it’s his unlucky day! In French, this means that he was put in “keep-in-sight”. After all, when the police bring someone in, they want to make sure that person isn’t going to make for the nearest airport, or go berserk and grab an officer’s service revolver. Save that for the TV crime-show writers.
So keep ’em where you can see ’em, en garde à vue. The verb garder does mean to guard, but it also means to keep, as in Gardez les clefs hors de sa portée. Keep the keys out of his reach. If you don’t, he might make a break for it after all!
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