I failed to use "\include" with a file that contain the string "é" in its name like "réserve". so I tried the following without success


After some trials I have noted that the command


produces "Ãľ" in place of "é".

Hence the question "How to obtain the string "é" by using the \detokenize command".

Here is a minimal example


  • It's much safer not to use special characters in file names. – egreg Aug 5 '16 at 9:56

You are better using file names without special characters. If you like to live dangerously, you can patch some kernel macros:





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For the further visitors who, like me, comes from google:// detokenize unicode.

\detokenize is not UTF8-friendly, but sometimes you can replace it with the following command:


(source: https://gitlab.com/Nickkolok/biblatex2bibitem/-/blob/master/biblatex2bibitem.sty)

However, it does not work with \include.

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