"Bonjour les enfants !"
Yes, Yes it is see : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_articles_and_determiners#Definite_article and scroll to where it mentions "Mass noun",
Nothernguy, you're right.. If you exaggerate them, 'le' is pronounced 'LUH', and the plural, les, pronounced 'LAY'.
The 's' on the end of les is pronounced if there's a vowel on the following word, by the rules of liaison. But terminal 's' is pronounced as /z/ when ellided..just a note!
Thank you. I wondered if the elided s (z sound) was consistent with French rules or just the kind of slippery alteration that people normally do when speaking.
My interest arose because the French are famous for having agencies whose sole purpose is to develop rules that prevent the French language from evolving through changes initiated by common usage.