Boy my French is rusty...
Fortunately I remember just enough either to get lucky, or more likely, get my face slapped!
"meaning nitrated powders."
This is sort of confusing, as I understand it the 8mm Lebel was developed for, and always loaded with, smokeless powders, which by definition are nitrated.
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza
Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.