# Frenchspacing not working in footnote

I have

\footnote{\textit{Difesa della povera gente}, in: \textit{L’attesa}, p. 81; cfr. \textit{Ero disoccupato e mi hai trovato
lavoro}, in: Giovagnoli, \textit{op. cit.}, pp. 232--233.}.


which produces the following result:

I am using \frenchsetting, as you can see in the text (after the period). However, the interword spacing in the footnote is not correct. it is too much. I could use \hbox, but I will not get correct hyphenation. Any hint?

• It's a problem of poor paragraphing, due to impossibility of finding better line breaks, so the interword spaces are stretched. I suggest you to load microtype, which does wonders for problems like these. – egreg Jan 1 '14 at 22:59
• It seems quite curious to type the reference information by hand: don't you want to use a package like biblatex instead? – pluton Jan 2 '14 at 0:59
• @pluton - Do you actually know that the author entered the footnote material by hand in the original form of his/her document? For a minimal working example, of course, it's necessary to provide the material by hand, unless one wanted to make the example not-so-minimal... – Mico Jan 2 '14 at 16:56
• @Mico - It was just a comment that may prove useful. – pluton Jan 2 '14 at 18:44
• actually, i am pretty sure that \frenchspacing is in effect, otherwise the spaces after "p." and "cfr." in the first line would be wildly larger than the spaces between the first few words. the spaces are just slightly larger, which is an optical effect due to the fact that the periods have almost no height. the real problem is poor paragraphing, as noted by egreg. – barbara beeton Jan 4 '14 at 18:17