I am using LaTeX to write my scientific paper. My problem is, the paper is in a foreign language. So when I am making chapters, using


I get the default "Chapter 1, ..."

I want to set the entire document into French, so that it reads "Chapitre 1, ...". Same for "Table of contents", "Abstract", etc. I don't have a problem with the actual body of text, just those titles that pop up automatically.

Can anybody tell me the way, or should I re-download the program from some French source?

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. Just write \documentclass{report}\usepackage[french]{babel}... – LaRiFaRi Aug 5 '15 at 13:41
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    I think an introduction to understand the basics will be a good investment before going on. Will take you about two days. dickimaw-books.com/latex/novices – Johannes_B Aug 5 '15 at 13:56
  • Yes, thank you, I just started using LaTex today, all those tips and references will be very helpful! – L.R. Aug 5 '15 at 20:45

Add the following to your preamble


This will not only switch the predefined words to French, but also the hyphenation and some other things (e.g. spaces before and after punctuation marks).

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