marchand de sommeil – French expression

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marchand de sommeil — slumlord — Mot du Jour

un marchand de sommeil – a retailer/seller/shopkeeper of sleep. A sleep retailer? In everyday French, un marchand de sommeil or une marchande de sommeil is ‘a slumlord (or a slumlady?)’.

  • « Ce marchand de sommeil vient de prendre un an de prison avec sursis pour avoir profité de travailleurs étrangers attirés par le glamour de Paris. »
    • “This slumlord just got a one-year suspended sentence for taking advantage of foreign workers attracted by Paris glamor.”
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