I wanted to try to write letters in LaTeX but the problem about the layout of the letter is the fact that the sender's address is on the left and the recipient on the right but in French it is supposed to be the opposite. I wanted to know if it was possible to change that. I tried to use the babel package but it didn't change anything. This is the preamble of the document.

\usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc} \usepackage{ucs}
\address{my address} 
\signature{my name} 
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    Note that Texmaker has nothing to do with this; it's a LaTeX question. There is a lettre class that might be what you're looking for.
    – egreg
    Mar 8, 2013 at 23:43
  • Thanks. The class "lettre" seems to be working, I just need to find out how to use it now. Because texmaker would automatically show all environment in the class "letter".
    – esmitex
    Mar 9, 2013 at 0:02
  • @egreg Make that an answer
    – Joseph Wright
    Aug 10, 2013 at 7:36

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Texmaker is only an editor and so it has nothing to do with the typesetting, which is done by the letter class.

The letter class is quite primitive and modeled on typical US commercial letter style. You probably want to look at the lettre class that specifically designed for French style letters.

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