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Ils ont fait échec à la négociation.
They failed or were unsuccessful at the negotiations.

OR
Their negotiations were inconclusive.
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Le président a été mis en échec par cette révélation.
The president was placed in a troubled position by the this event/revelation.
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L'échec d'un produit sur le marché.

They failed to sell the product on the market.
         OR
Marketing of the product was unsuccessful.
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Lutter contre l'échec scolaire.
...   against unsuccessful studies.   [ I don't know how to translate this one.]


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Cet incident a mené leur candidat à l'échec.

Their candidacy will be unsuccessful by this event/incident. [ This may be incorrect.]

Je suis leur soeur.
I am their sister.

Je leur ai dit ..
I told them ...
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I sent a SMS to a friend. I read the words 'Echec envoi Maria'.

I looked at the French word 'echec' in dictionaries. It means 'failure' in English.

I have never heard this French word. So I look at it in dictionaries.

Because the usual French word for unsuccessful is 'insuccès'.

I hope I understood
those French sentences correctly and translated into English.

You would find flaws in my English translations. As you know my French is beneath contempt.

Please tell me
I have French as the default language in my mobile phones.

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Hi Crack, yes un échec is a flop. You could use it to describe a film that was not well received.
Ce film était un grand échec. (no one went to see it)
As for the usage and other idioms you have, I don't know.
Pam
Thank Pam for the reply.

Do you have French as the default language in your mobile phones?

I hope Frank and the others will read my sentences.
Hi Crack,

Yes, "échec" also means a failure. "échec de" + noun means "failed to (do something)".

For some reason, your SMS couldn't reach its recipient.
Thanks Frank
Did you read the English sentences?
I have translated them into English.
I may be wrong.
I would like to hear your comments on my English translations.

I may have understood the French ones incorrectly.

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