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I am writing a PhD thesis. Some parts of my thesis need to be in French, but the main language is English. I am using


\usepackage[french, english, USenglish]{babel}

Here is my problem:

\chapter{...} is generating CHAPITRE, which I do not want and it is happening because of the "french" option. But I want CHAPTER as the heading instead of CHAPITRE.

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Have a look at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/20987/…, it probably solves your requirements. – Uwe Ziegenhagen Feb 27 at 23:50
remove the english option in the documentclass. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 27 at 23:50

Let's see what happens.

  1. You have english as a global option;

  2. You repeat it in the options to babel.

  3. When babel is loaded, the english global option is passed first, then french; when it comes to english, it does nothing, because the relevant .ldf file has already been loaded; the same holds for USenglish.

However, babel sets as main language the one specified in the last loaded language definition file, which in this case is french.ldf.

Solution: don't specify english in the global options, so


Alternatively, if you really need the global option, call babel as

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