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1A search or raid of an area by the (French) police or military (originally and chiefly one carried out in a French territory in northern Africa).
2Economics. In French monetary policy: (originally) a device employed by the Banque de France whereby a portion of French commercial banks' foreign currency balances are called in, thereby temporarily increasing national reserves of foreign exchange; (subsequently) any similar device whereby reserves are temporarily surrendered to the central bank.
1950s; earliest use found in Time. From French ratissage, specifically use (not dated in dictionaries of French) of ratissage raking from ratisser to rake + -age.
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