I'm writing a thesis in LaTeX whose main language is English, with also a French abstract at the beginning (I suppose this fact to be relevant).

Inside \itemize, all items are by default formatted as a dashed list, although I would like it to be a "normal" bullet list, (as it was at the beginning of writing).

I'm not sure about the exact moment when the whole formatting has changed, but I think it was with the addition of all the abstract and introduction parts (but I noticed that after).

If it is the case, why does it happen (and, of course, how can I fix it)?


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I found the solution on http://mirrors.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/babel-contrib/frenchb/frenchb.pdf .

When french is the last loaded language in the document, all typographical rules are set "à la francaise".

To remove this (for me, undesired) behavior:

  • If the document's main language is not French, just put the main language last in the options to babel.
    – egreg
    Dec 30, 2013 at 17:22
  • @egreg as in this question, this solution could be of no effect.
    – vl1131
    Jan 2, 2014 at 9:31

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