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■ il a beaucoup de contacts (avec l’étranger) :  he has got a lot of contacts ou connections (abroad)
■ notre contact à Moscou :  our contact in Moscow
■ dès le premier contact, ils… :  from their first meeting, they…
■ garder le contact avec [quelqu’un] :  to keep in touch ou contact with [somebody]
■ elle a besoin de contact humain :  she needs human contact
■ j’ai un bon/mauvais contact avec eux :  my relations with them are good/bad | I have a good/bad relationship with them
■ « bon contact » [dans une offre d’emploi] :  “ability to get on well with people”
■ être de contact facile/difficile :  to be easy/not very easy to talk to
■ établir/rompre le contact /Militaire/ :  to make/break off contact (avec : with)
■ faire des contacts :  to network

“Comme nostre esprit se fortifie par la communication des esprits vigoureux et reiglez, il ne se peut dire combien il perd et s’abastardit par le continuel commerce et frequentation que nous avons avec les esprits bas et maladifs. Il n’est contagion qui s’espande comme celle-là.”  –Michel de Montaigne, De l’Art de Conférer

“Just as our mind is strengthened by contact with vigorous and well-ordered minds, so too it is impossible to overstate how much it loses and deteriorates by the continuous commerce and contact we have with mean and ailing ones.  No infection is as contagious as that is.”

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