(=piece of information) fait m
facts and figures les faits mpl et les chiffres mpl
→ The report is several pages long and full of facts and figures ...
the facts about sth les éléments mpl de qch
→ ... the facts about the murder
to know for a fact (that) ... savoir pertinemment que ...
→ I know for a fact that there's a place in town where you can get them.
despite the fact (that) ... malgré le fait que ...
→ He needs you at this time, despite the fact he tries to isolate himself from you
→ Despite the fact that 21 per cent of younger women have experienced fertility problems, 89 per cent of young high-achieving women believe that they will be able to become pregnant into their forties
the fact remains (that) ... toujours est-il que ...
(=truth) faits mpl → a statement of verifiable historical fact to be based on fact être basé (e) sur des faits → I don't know whether the rumour was based on fact or not. is it fact or fiction? est-ce réel ou imaginaire? in fact en fait → This is, in fact, what happened. → In fact, I'm not at all sure that Freud was correct. → ... a medicine they thought contained paracetamol, but in fact contained a poisonous chemical → It was terribly cold weather, a blizzard in fact. → We've had a pretty bad time while you were away. In fact, we very nearly split up in actual fact en fait → `It's not the old story of a sexist conspiracy," she said. `In actual fact the reverse is true' → That is happening less and less. In actual fact, it is non-existent → The deputy engineer - who is in actual fact the boss - is a compatriot of yours. as a matter of fact en fait the fact is (that) ... le fait est que ... → The fact is, I don't really want to go ...
fact-finding mission mission f d'enquête
→ A UN fact-finding mission is on its way to the region.
fact-finding committee commission f d'enquête
fact of life
réalité f , réalité f de la vie
→ Stress is a fact of life from time to time for all of us.
facts of life
to tell sb about the facts of life expliquer à qn d'où viennent les bébés
n fiche f d'informations
[person, statement] neutre
→ John was doing his best to give Francis the news in a matter-of-fact way.