I'm having a little problem with the settings of my bibliography. I think everyone is familiar with the difference between the number of pages, shortened "pp.", and the page referenced, shortened "p.".

Well, for some reasons, articles referenced in footnote (with \autocite) will properly write "pp." and "p." but other categories like "book" and "conference" won't. They display "p." for both fields.

I checked the french.lbx file of biblatex and it does say something like pages = {pp\adddot}. I tried overriding it with:

pages = {pp\adddot},

in the preamble of my document but to no avail.

Any idea?

PS: I'm using:

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    Make a small complete example which demonstrates the problem. May 19, 2011 at 7:39
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    \DefineBibliographyStrings{french}{pages = {pp\adddot}} (with or without that comma in your example) worked for me...
    – henrique
    Jun 4, 2011 at 17:23
  • Wasn't that already answered by lockstep?
    – Fr.
    Aug 25, 2011 at 23:28

1 Answer 1


Since french.lbx doesn't include pp\adddot anywhere, I suspect that the "pp." observed by you was caused by a bibliography entry featuring a hyphenation field with, say, english. And as henrique has stated, \DefineBibliographyStrings{french}{pages = {pp\adddot}} works indeed.




% \DefineBibliographyStrings{french}{pages = {pp\adddot}}


  hyphenation = {french},
  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},
  pagetotal = {999},
  hyphenation = {english},
  author = {Buthor, B.},
  year = {2002},
  title = {Bravo},
  pagetotal = {888},






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