chapter  2
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Cadres: Qui êtes-vous?

LITERALLY SPEAKING, cadre is a noun meaning 'frame' (of a painting or mirror). In the industrial setting, Harrap's gives the definition, 'salaried staff'; Larousse suggests, 'officials'; whilst Collins opts for 'executives, managers and managerial staff'. It is used in expressions like cadre moyen or superieur (middle manager or senior manager), petit cadre Uunior manager), elle est passee cadre (she has been named cadre) - and even as an adjective, as in un emploi cadre (a management-level job).