"Courriel" is the French jargon equivalent of "e-mail". La Commission
generale de terminologie et de neologie (General Commission of
Terminology and Neology) of France has adopted the term to replace
"e-mail," and has made use of the term mandatory in government communications.
"Courriel" is a combination of the French words courrier, meaning mail,
and electronique, meaning electronic.
According to the Commission, the word is "Evocative, with a very French sound,
the word courriel is widely used in the media and is preferable to the
English term 'mail'."