I wrote my resume in English, but now I need to translate it in French. I can't get the French accent to print properly. Here is a minimal example. It says: "J'aime cet été" (I love this summer). You'll notice that the "é" doesn't print:

\oddsidemargin -.5in
\evensidemargin -.5in

      \setlength{\parsep}{0in} \setlength{\parskip}{0in}
      \setlength{\topsep}{0in} \setlength{\partopsep}{0in}

      \setlength{\parsep}{0in} \setlength{\parskip}{0in}
      \setlength{\topsep}{0in} \setlength{\partopsep}{0in}


\name{\LARGE My name} \hfill {\em \today}

J'aime cet été!
  • You can always type J'aime cet \'et\'e – egreg Aug 18 '15 at 16:38

In short inputenc is your friend here.

Pasting from your post I found that adding \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc} fixed it (I had to strip out a couple of bits to do with res.cls but I checked that article gave the same missing characters.

It's also possible that \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} might be the solution -- I don't trust encodings when text has been cut/pasted repeatedly. The inputenc docs might be worth a read.

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