One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Politics. In French Colonial Africa: pieces of legislation or administrative actions limited in scope or significance, passed or undertaken in isolation. Now historical.
Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). Apparently from French petits paquets, lit. ‘little packets’, although this is apparently not recorded in dictionaries of French in these senses.
petits paquets/ˌpɛtɪ ˈpakeɪ/
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