[Heard years ago on the BBC Radio 4 programme `Quote Unquote’]
It is a little known fact that the French Navy has for many years had a motto, the mere mention of which excites its hot-blooded members to combat and conquest.
In English it can be rendered “To the water; it is time”.
In the original French, however, it reads: “A l’eau; c’est l’heure”.
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