Edit: Okay, I found it, just needed more focus on the related entry. The package mathastext called with the frenchmath option does the job.

The time for my first question to stackexchange could have been delayed...

Original question:

I've realized that French typography uses a different style for mathematics, namely upright uppercase roman letters and lowercase greek letters (roman lowercase remaining in italic), while default LaTeX is italic. What I want is to use this style with the default math font.

I found far less resources on the Web than I expected, like this one, which introduces math font packages with options for French (or ISO) math style. Nevertheless I'm quite unhappy with the general look of these fonts, not mentioning the fact that unicode-math seems to clash with amssymb.

This related question has been answered with:

Simply put these in your preamble:


It doesn't look good though, so I guess you may also want to change font.

which I guess is interesting for my issue, but not explained a single bit and I don't know how, or if, I can adapt it.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Instead of adding the answer into the question, you can wait a few hours and answer your own question in the appropriate place. :-) Feb 12, 2014 at 6:30
  • the font packages kpfonts and mathdesign both have options to get French style in math mode.
    – user4686
    Feb 12, 2014 at 6:32
  • @jfbu: Well I didn't mentioned it, but I did try these packages, kpfonts modifies the font and mathdesign, with the appropriate uppercase=upright and greeklowercase=upright options didn't work at all (?). I must admit I only skimmed the documentations though.
    – Idl
    Feb 12, 2014 at 6:50
  • The MinionPropackage also has such an option.
    – Bernard
    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:20
  • @Idl for mathdesign possibly some text font needs to be installed like URW Garamond. But yes both kpfonts and mathdesign are font packages (kpfonts providing its own fonts for text and mathematics).
    – user4686
    Feb 12, 2014 at 12:43

3 Answers 3


You wrote,

not mentioning the fact that unicode-math seems to clash with amssymb

What's the basis for this claim? The packages get along fine as long as amssymb is loaded first.

If you can use either XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX to compile your document, specifying the option math-style=french while running \setmathfont lets you achieve all of your locale-related formatting objectives.

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% !TEX TS-program = lualatex
\setmainfont{Latin Modern Roman}
  abcd \quad ABCD \quad \gamma\delta\phi\psi\omega 
  \quad \Gamma\Delta\Phi\Psi\Omega}

Four math styles:

$\begin{array}{@{} ll @{}}
$TeX$     & \setmathfont{Latin Modern Math}[math-style=TeX]\blurb \\
$ISO$     & \setmathfont{Latin Modern Math}[math-style=ISO]\blurb \\
$french$  & \setmathfont{Latin Modern Math}[math-style=french]\blurb \\
$upright$ & \setmathfont{Latin Modern Math}[math-style=upright]\blurb \\

If your text is entirely in french you are better off with the frenchmath package which implements all french-specific math typesetting.


The newtxmath package has a frenchmath option. newtx is a Times-style font, but also supports libertine, minion, stix2, and other math fonts. newtx is also compatible with LuaLaTeX and XeTeX (see details in package documentation).



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  • Nice answer! (+1)
    – user227068
    Apr 12, 2021 at 15:06

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