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Small part of French operation (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

fraction

'small part' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'french operation' is the wordplay.
'french' becomes 'fr' (abbreviation).
'operation' becomes 'action'.
'fr'+'action'='FRACTION'

'of' is the link.

(Other definitions for fraction that I've seen before include "Proportional" , "Small piece forming part of a whole" , "Small proportion" , "little bit" , "Number of mathematicians" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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