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:

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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?

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    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, 2014 at 22:59
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    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, 2014 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, 2014 at 16:56
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    @Mico - It was just a comment that may prove useful.
    – pluton
    Jan 2, 2014 at 18:44
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    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. Jan 4, 2014 at 18:17


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