French inscription on 892-IV

A building with a French inscription

French was a major language of Earth, primarily spoken in France, but also popular in other regions, such as Quebec and New Orleans. A notable native speaker was Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

NATO was called OTAN in French. (ENT: "Storm Front, Part II")

In 2000, when Shannon O'Donnel had dinner with Henry Janeway in a supposedly Parisisian setting, Shannon commented that unfortunately she didn't speak French, so Henry would have to make the dinner arrangements. (VOY: "11:59")

In 2152, Hoshi Sato answered an offer by Ravis to visit a steam pool on Risa "avec plaisir" ("with pleasure"). (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")

In 2154, when Sato was delirious due to infection by a silicon-based virus, one of the languages she was heard speaking was French. (ENT: "Observer Effect")

Upon hearing Lieutenant DeSalle's French name in 2267, Trelane asked him in French if he was really French ("Un vrai Français?") and exclaimed "Vive la gloire. Vive Napoléon." (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos")

In 2268, Cyrano Jones said "au revoir" when departing a meeting on Deep Space Station K-7. James Kirk later used the phrase on his own departure. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles")

French was also spoken on 892-IV. One Roman-influenced building on the planet's surface had the words "Honneur et Patrie" ("Honor and Fatherland") inscribed on the facade. (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")

James Kirk used an Earth expression, "c'est la vie," while speaking with Kruge to describe the unfortunate destruction of the USS Enterprise and Kruge's boarding party. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

By the 24th century, French was considered by some to be an archaic language but was still spoken to some extent. (TNG: "Code of Honor", "Family") As a native of France, Jean-Luc Picard was fluent in the language, including folk songs and curses. (TNG: "Disaster", "The Last Outpost", "Elementary, Dear Data")

In 2364, the holodeck character Minuet engaged Captain Picard in a conversation in French. In their brief dialogue, both Picard and Minuet remarked, "Nous sommes tous Parisiens," meaning "Everyone's a Parisian [in spirit]." (TNG: "11001001")

The holographic gangster Cyrus Redblock from the Dixon Hill series of holoprograms said "au revoir" and "bonne chance, mon ami" before he left the holodeck and dissolved in a corridor of the USS Enterprise-D. (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

Captain Picard said goodbye to Natasha Yar in French following her funeral ceremony on the holodeck. (TNG: "Skin of Evil")

After time traveling from 2368 to 1893 San Francisco, Data identified himself as a Frenchman, and spoke French with a native speaker of the language, Frederick La Rouque. (TNG: "Time's Arrow")

Quark used the French term "objet d'art" when Odo suggested that Morn may have spent his money on works of art. (DS9: "Who Mourns for Morn?")

Odo learned French in late 2374 from Vic Fontaine. The Changeling believed it to be "the language of love". (DS9: "His Way")

The Gigolo in the holographic program Paris 3 (Chez Sandríne) spoke French, using terms such as "ma cherie" and "reculez-vous". (VOY: "The Cloud")

French literature and musicEdit

French language establishmentsEdit

French terms
Phrase Literal translation Application, notes Citation
Bon appetit "Good appetite" Inviting someone to enjoy a meal "11:59", "Mortal Coil"
Coup d'état A sudden overthrow of a state "The Siege"
Coup de grâce A final blow "The Perfect Mate"
Counting coup ("Code of Honor")
Déjà vu "Already seen" Describes either something that has happened again, or a feeling that it has "We'll Always Have Paris"
Foie gras "Fat liver" A dish made from a duck or goose's fattened liver "Body and Soul"
Maitre'd Term borrowed by the English language "11:59"; Star Trek: First Contact
Maman "Mom" Term of endearment "Where No One Has Gone Before"
Soirée Term borrowed by the English language "Ensign Ro"
Voilà Literally, "see there"; "look" Used when showing off something "Twisted", "His Way", "Remember"

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