an incident that attracts great public attention
A cause célèbre is an issue or incident arousing widespread controversy, outside campaigning and heated public debate. The term is particularly used in connection with celebrated legal cases. It is a French phrase in common English use, but is hardly used in modern French. The phrase originated with the 37-volume compilation of famous legal cases, Nouvelles Causes Célèbres, published in 1763.
The numerical value of cause celebre in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of cause celebre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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In retrospect, this didn't turn out to be convenient at all and I regret that this has become such a cause celebre. But that does not change the facts, the facts are stubborn -- what I did was legally permitted.
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