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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

\chapter{...}

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
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Add the following to your preamble

\usepackage[french]{babel}

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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