The french apostrophe is the following ’, when babel french is loaded it automatically turns typed apostrophes ' into ’.

How to preserve the apostrophe ' in some cases (quote for example) but not in all the document ?


l'exemple d'une apostrophe (it's fine here)\\
quote: 'text of the quote' (it's not,' should be preserved)
  • That said, you should use either guillemets, or use \emph. Single quotes are british.
    – Bernard
    May 23, 2016 at 20:14
  • Are you calling “apostrophe” the “straight quote”?
    – egreg
    May 23, 2016 at 21:18
  • @egreg i meant by quote citation and not quote the punctuation symbol (“ ”) sorry for confusion. yes exactly the seconde line in the example should be a straight single quote (') instead of a closing single quote (’)
    – Cfun
    May 23, 2016 at 21:25

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The fact you're using babel-french has nothing to do with the problem.

Straight quotes are very rarely used in typography, so when you type the ' character, you get a curly glyph that serves both as a closing quote and as apostrophe.

If you want a straight quote, you can use the glyph provided by textcomp.

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} % mandatory for French


l'exemple d'une apostrophe

quote: \textquotesingle text of the quote\textquotesingle


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