À la une

A la une
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Informal French Expression

Meaning on the front page, headline news, featured news
Literally on the one
Register informal
Pronunciation French sound files [ah lah oon]
IPA   [a la yn]

Usage notes: À la une means on the front page of a newspaper, so it’s big news.

Par exemple…

Actualité à la une   Front-page news
___ à la une de la presse internationale   ___ in international headlines

Related expressions

  • un article à la une – lead story
  • être à la une (des journaux) – to hit the papers, make the news
  • faire la une (des journaux) pendant un mois – to be front-page news for a month

In addition to the front page of the newspaper, la une has other meanings:

(gas station) pump #1
(métro) line 1
(restaurant) table one
(television) channel one (archaic – now it’s called TF1)

And before a musical performance, you’re likely to hear À la une, à la deux, à la trois ! – And a one, and a two, and a three!

 La une cannot contract to l’une in any of these expressions, because then it would be confused with lune (moon).

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