Cause Célèbre

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Cause Célèbre

[French, famous case.] A trial or lawsuit in which the subject matter or a participant is particularly newsworthy, unusual, or sensational and that typically attracts a great deal of media attention. For example, the case of Scott Peterson, accused of the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, was a cause célèbre in 2003.

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It was sort of a local cause celebre when Northern California poet "Mighty" Mike McGee moved to Worcester about a year ago.
Those who say the gay rights movement has no singular voice, no cause celebre, may be correct.
Shalit, who also has French citizenship, has become a cause celebre on Israel.
As RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton has noted, the Goodwin affair became something of a cause celebre and seemed to underline the wholly irresponsible way banks went about selling sub prime mortgages and creating toxic debt.
Sanctions were biting, Nelson Mandela's imprisonment was an international cause celebre and the ANC guerrilla attacks were escalating.
But he became a cause celebre on Fox and among the neoconservatives and slipped back into the Senate as an Independent.
A film about a bevy of lively ladies over 80 being catered to by a boyish middle-aged boozer is doing gangbuster biz at the Italo box office and becoming an international cause celebre.
She became a cause celebre in France, with her portrait hung on town halls and constant street rallies by supporters.
'The Iraq conflict has become the "cause celebre" for jihadists.'
Bush on Tuesday declassified some key judgments made in an April intelligence report that characterizes the Iraq war as a ''cause celebre'' for Islam extremists.
Oddly, malaria has become something of a conservative cause celebre in recent years.
Navy fighter aircraft is a cause celebre. Polish citizens invariably know it by name.