l'occasion fait le larron = opportunity makes a thief
Le larron does not seem to be used in conversational French (my daughter taught me the word after she learned it in her French class while reading a classic text) ... so here are some useful synonyms:
un malfaiteur (burglar)
un voleur (thief)
s'entendre comme larrons en foire = to get along well, to be as thick as thieves
A Day in a French Life...
by Kristin Espinasse
Today's episode will be brief -- brief as the life of a houseplant under the tutelage of a black-thumbed housewife.
Au revoir* to my dear Spathiphyllum plant, a gift from my voisine,* Brigitte. I kept you, dear Spati, en vie* for a record 6 months... when last night six thieves broke out of their prison pen...
(Photo of "thieves breaking out of prison pen" -- not the actual pen--which is much larger. Here, the puppies are simply re-enacting the breakout that led up to so much mischief...)
...wrapped their sharp teeth and puppy breath around your lovely white flowers, and dragged you kicking and screaming across the kitchen and living room floors... leaving your leaves and your dirt in their wiggly-tailed wake.
No time to write; I've got puppies to police and a houseplant to treat...with bandages, glue, and a splint or two -- thanks to the ol' black-thumbed housewife remedy.
(photo of Mama Braise, giving les petits larrons a lecture! Oh, those troublemakers look smug!)
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au revoir = goodbye; la voisine (f) = neighbor; en vie = alive
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