Use of “femme” to mean “girlfriend”?
Can *femme* mean *girlfriend*? I just saw a French comedy film in which the main character, a chef, used the term “*ma femme*” and it was always translated in the subtitles as “*my girlfriend*”. The two characters aren't married, though they live together and are expecting a child. They get engaged to be married during the film. So in this circumstance, can *femme* mean *girlfriend* as opposed to *petite amie* or *copine*? I would understand if this were like common-law wife in English, but in the movie, it is clear that they will marry in future.