I'm trying to have multiple references to a footnotes, in a class memoir (or report) and using [french]babel and cleveref.

According to this question Multiple references to the same footnote with hyperref support - is there a better solution?, I came up with minimal non working example:





First page, referencing future footnote\cref{second}.

Second paragraph, first footnote\footnote{\label{first}First footnote!}

Second page, creating the second footnote\footnote{\label{second}Second footnote}, 
and referencing the first footnote\cref{first}.

And I get :

footnote reference wrong

As you can see, the reference text is wrong (but the link is ok !). If I replace memoir with article, everything is fine, but report fails also. What can be going on?


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    Use \frenchbsetup{FrenchFootnotes=false} in the preamble.
    – egreg
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 17:14
  • thanks, that did the trick ! Can i ask where did you find that ?
    – Napseis
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 18:49
  • Since the issue appears only with French, I looked in frenchb.ldf and indeed it monkeys with footnotes; this is apparently not at all liked by memoir. Happily, there's a way for disabling the changes. ;-)
    – egreg
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 18:52

1 Answer 1


The French module for babel does some changes to the footnote management and, apparently, this breaks the cooperation between memoir, hyperref and cleveref.



to your document preamble in order to disable those changes.

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    I may add this is also useful for report class
    – Napseis
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 20:34

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