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  • 1 month later...

I don't speak French, but my father does. I showed him your question to ensure that you had a distinct answer. The phrase "code à barres" is the correct saying for "barcode" however, it is considered too formal. Most of the time when talking about the barcode of an item, just mentioning "à barres" can make the point. It may not be grammatically correct, but once you know the language well, you begin to short-hand it- just like English.

It is considered singular and not plural because you are referring to one barcode (even if multiple items have it).

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  • 2 months later...

Hi Bloomsie,

I'm not from France, but I speak french for more than 12 years, and I can say that we don't say "code à barres" in french, but the correct expression is "Code barre", it's the same spelling but it only wrote differently. I'm really sure about this information and if you have any more questions just let me know :)

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