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OK I'm not a LaTeX developer but I'm using someone else's file to produce a document. I don't know LaTeX at all, How do I pass a command option to tell the package to use english and not french when this is in the .cls file?

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Probably \documentclass[english]{theclass} (where theclass is the name of the class you're using. – egreg Jan 31 '13 at 16:19

If the name of the document class you're using is theclass, then, judging from what you report,


is what you need.

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