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Used figuratively to refer to the French Foreign Office. It might also be used to refer to the French government in general, particularly in relation to foreign affairs. Pronounced kay-dor-say.

The Quai d'Orsay is a street in Paris, parallelling the southern bank of the Seine River (In French, quai is applied to a street along the waterfront), extending from the Eiffel Tower to the Palais Bourbon. Right next to the Palais Bourbon stands the French ministry of foreign affairs. Hence the metonymy.

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