Definition of petits paquets in English:

petits paquets

noun

Politics
rare, historical
  • In French Colonial Africa: pieces of legislation or administrative actions limited in scope or significance, passed or undertaken in isolation.

Origin

Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). Apparently from French petits paquets, lit. ‘little packets’ (from petits, plural of petit + paquets, plural of paquet), although this is apparently not recorded in dictionaries of French in these senses.

Pronunciation

petits paquets

/ˌpɛtɪ ˈpakeɪ/