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Holding the French in English court is brilliant success (5)


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'brilliant success' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'holding the french in english court' is the wordplay.
'holding' indicates putting letters inside.
'the french' becomes 'la'.
'in english' becomes 'e' (abbreviation. I am not sure about the 'in' bit.).
'court' becomes 'ct'.
'la' put into 'ect' is 'ECLAT'.

'is' is the link.

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(Other definitions for eclat that I've seen before include "Ostentation" , "Brilliance" , "Social distinction in France" , "Fame -- style" , "great success" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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