# French-style quotes look ugly

I want to use French-style quotes like so: «Quote»

So i replaced the quotes with \flqq{} and \frqq{} but unfortunately it looks very ugly (see example) is there a way to have the french quotes looking good ? (like in this text)

edit: I need to use \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} to use e.g. Umlauts (ä,ö,ü)

• are you writing in German? (You don't need babel to use ä,ö,ü ) Feb 17 '15 at 14:16
• The style of quote is just the style of a character in the font, so it depends entirely on what fonts (and font encoding) you are using, but you have not given any clues. Feb 17 '15 at 14:17
• package csquotes handles this stuff quite good. T1 encodng and maybe lmodern might be a good idea as well. Feb 17 '15 at 14:17
• The appearance of the quotes is determined by the font. But for me the symbol in your screenshot looks like the math operator \gg… hmm Feb 17 '15 at 14:20
• French quotes that look like the maths operators \ll \gg is a symptom of not using T1 encoding. Do \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
– Joce
Jan 15 '18 at 8:16

I write in german and use french quotation marks too. I like the package csquotes, because it also manages nested quotes. Here is a mwe for french quotation marks:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[ngerman]{babel}
\usepackage[german=guillemets]{csquotes}

\begin{document}
Thomas fragte: \enquote{Hä? hat Sabine wirklich \enquote{Ich hasse Dich.} gesagt?}
\end{document}


This way also has the advantage that when necessary you are able to change the appearance of the quotation marks easily by changing the option of the csquotes-package...

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} results in correct «French Quotes»

• If you write in French, don't forget to load babel with option french in order to insert non-breaking spaces of proper length between quotes and word (the quotes are then given by the commands \og and \fg). Feb 17 '15 at 15:37
• In utf8 or latin1 input encoding, you can enter directly french quotes if you have them on your keyboard (some extended keyboard drivers give access to them). Feb 17 '15 at 20:22