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)

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    are you writing in German? (You don't need babel to use ä,ö,ü ) Feb 17 '15 at 14:16
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    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
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    package csquotes handles this stuff quite good. T1 encodng and maybe lmodern might be a good idea as well.
    – Johannes_B
    Feb 17 '15 at 14:17
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    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
    – JBantje
    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:


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

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).
    – Bernard
    Feb 17 '15 at 20:22

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