{french} is about typesetting and conventions relating to the French language.

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Error when using \begin{RÉSUMÉ}

I write a paper in French, I add a package \usepackage[english,francais]{babel} to use a French but when I write: \begin{RÉSUMÉ} abstract in french \end{RÉSUMÉ} I get the error: ! LaTeX Error: ...
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Right-aligned line-break with long verses in verse

I'm happily using the verse environment to typeset French poetry. However, I'm unsatisfied with the behavior of long-line breaks (when the verse is too long to fit on the page). The verse behavior is ...
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Writing French characters

This question is (almost) exactly the same as this one : How to write directly French characters in Emacs and print them in LaTeX? You may read his question instead of mine, the only difference (I ...
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Ensure minimal length of last line

This question led to a new feature in a package: impnattypo One rule in French typography is that the last line of a paragraph should not be shorter than the double of the indentation of the ...
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efrench vs frenchb

What are the differences between efrench and frenchb? Are they compatible with one another (for example the use of \og and fg in frenchb)? Why is efrench not in TeXLive even though its documentation ...
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How to write directly French characters in Emacs and print them in LaTeX?

I am editing LaTeX with Emacs. I would like to write in French. At the moment I have to write special French characters for instance like this: \'e prints é. If I write directly é in Emacs, the ...
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How can I install Kile 2.1.0 spellcheck libraries other than English?

I need a french dictionary. At least, it would be nice to have any information on the location where kile stores its spell-checking dictionaries.
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French typography recommendations

This question led to a new package: impnattypo The French government publications office (Imprimerie Nationale) publishes a list of recommendations for French typography. I'm wondering how to ...
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Biblatex, French and pp.

I'm having a little problem with the settings of my bibliography. I think everyone is familiar with the difference between the number of pages, shortened "pp.", and the page referenced, shortened ...
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French typography: space before percent sign

I have come across another specific typography rule in French: one must put a non-breaking space before the percentage sign (see this handy cheat-sheet). This is also true for colons, semi-colons, ...
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Test if a package (or package option) is loaded

[french]{babel} (aka frenchb) is incompatible with some other packages, such as tikz, since it tries to insert \thinspace before semi-colons. In order to make these two play nice, you have to call ...
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babel, frenchb and em dash

If I'm not wrong, in French the em-dashes, typeset with --- in LaTeX, are usually treated like the guillemets as far as non-breaking spaces go. An "opening" em-dash must be followed by a non-breaking ...